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dc.contributor.advisorHynes, Peteren_US
dc.creatorBuchanan, Lisaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-03T22:33:44Z
dc.date.available2013-01-03T22:33:44Z
dc.date.created2012-08en_US
dc.date.issued2012-10-01en_US
dc.date.submittedAugust 2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/ETD-2012-08-607en_US
dc.description.abstractUrsula K. Le Guin’s 1969 Novel The Left Hand of Darkness and “The Outcast,” a 1992 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, have both been criticized for their representations of gender and sexuality essentially because they fail to remove fully the “traditional straitjackets” of the male-female binary and the heteronormativity they seek to challenge. A selection of this criticism is discussed, along with a close reading of each work. Despite different media, a difference in the degree of focus on gender, and the years separating them, the two works share striking similarities, making them worthy of comparison. This paper will reveal two shared features of The Left Hand of Darkness and “The Outcast” that undermine their stated or presumed aims: first, both works serve to reenforce a male-female gender binary, and second, while the use of androgynous characters has the potential to challenge heterosexual norms, both works reenforce such norms by gendering — specifically, feminizing — otherwise androgynous characters and conflating biological sex or gender identity with sexual orientation through romantic relationships with male protagonists.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.subjectscience fictionen_US
dc.subjectle guinen_US
dc.subjectleft hand of darknessen_US
dc.subjectstar treken_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectgender identityen_US
dc.subjectsexualityen_US
dc.subjectsexual orientationen_US
dc.subjectandrogynyen_US
dc.title“To Boldly Go Where No Straight Person Has Gone Before?”: The Left Hand of Darkness and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Problematic Challenges to Gender and Sexualityen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBanco, Lindseyen_US


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