Student Research Projects

Ecriture Feminine in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Student Alexis Moncus, '16
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department English
Course English 489: Senior Thesis Workshop


This research and paper was completed for my English 489 Capstone project. With the help of my second reader, Dr. Slivka, I aimed to examine Sylvia Plath\'s The Bell Jar through a feminist lens. Upon discovering the 1975 text \"The Laugh of the Medusa,\" by Hélène Cixous, I decided to look at how Plath\'s heroine, Esther Greenwood, is set free from the limitations of her society by embracing feminine language. My paper aims to show that Esther\'s descent into madness and depression could be helped, and eventually healed, by her rejecting the patriarchal society around her.