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Week 12

Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar (1963)

Please see my online lecture notes.

Please consult suggestions for further reading and research.

Points for Discussion


  • Text as (oblique) social and political comentary
  • Debates about madness in late fifties early sixties
  • Women and Madness
  • The abject
  • The Theatre and its Double

  • The Crisis in Woman’s Identity

  • Female Sexuality
  • Personal Neurosis or Public Performance?
  • The Marilyn Syndrome
Further Reading