Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Ana Luszczynska

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael Grafals

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Asher Milbauer

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


queer, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, queer theory, closet, secret, Jacques Derrida, Derridean Secret, Gender, Sex, Sexuality, Binary Oppositions, Dichotomies, Binaries, Judith Butler, Language, Difference, gender studies

Date of Defense



This thesis will discuss the notions of the “closet” and “secret” within Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as offer a clear and precise definition of queer theory to assist in elucidating many of the concepts being discussed. Close reading techniques will be utilized to further uncover the metaphoric, symbolic, and otherwise figurative importance of certain aspects of The Picture of Dorian Gray and supporting texts. Through Judith Butler’s conceptualization of sex and gender, as well as Jacques Derrida’s interpretation of the “secret”, this paper will explicate the intricacies of Wilde’s work and unveil queered aspects in The Picture of Dorian Gray.





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