Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Ana Luszczynska

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael Patrick Gillespie

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Third Advisor's Name

James Sutton

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Committee Member


body, space, ponty, epigenetic, carter, STEM, dasein, being

Date of Defense



This study aims to trace points of intersection between the too often divorced disciplines of literature, continental philosophy, and the hard sciences in Angela Carter’s “The Lady of the House of Love.” In short, this thesis will not only explore how such conversations surface within the short story, but will also serve as an explication of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of body and space, and the theory of epigenetics. Through these explications, the thesis itself will also gear one discipline towards the other as both theories intimately bind the environment with the body, and the body with the environment. Thus, the body and the environment are not separate and passive, but active and intertwined in a manner much like the aforementioned disciplines I posit are. Therefore, the goal of this thesis is to first postulate that such conversations between literature, philosophy, and science are already occurring, and as such, stress that such conversations need further discussion and exploration.





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