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dc.contributor Berghof, Oliver en
dc.contributor Stoddard-Holmes, Martha en
dc.contributor.advisor Yuan, Yuan en
dc.contributor.author Sadeghipour, Allia Elizabeth en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-08T18:40:16Z en
dc.date.available 2014-05-08T18:40:16Z en
dc.date.issued 2014-05-08 en
dc.date.submitted 2014-05-07 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/120428 en
dc.description.abstract The thesis contests that the physical body is insignificant and temporary: whereas consciousness is invaluable and boundless. All forms of consciousnesses, human or not, are valid regardless of the physical form. However, human society has consistently used physical bodies to determine the validity of a being’s consciousness. The presence of a physical body is not enough to identify a human experience and cannot be the sole factor determining one’s humanity. The recognition and acceptance of one’s humanity is vital for the success and happiness of a person. Without which, the person is unable to establish its own agency. The solution to such a dissociation is to recognize and incorporate the experiences of textual representations into one's own. Textual representations allow for the ultimate freedom by giving a person the ability to explore all embodied human experiences regardless of their physical representation. The permeability of human experiences through textual representations makes the physical body irrelevant when determining one's humanity. Through personal narrative and theoretical analysis, this thesis redefines “human” beyond the obsolete paradigm of gendered humanity to include all consciousness without conformity to bodily representations. en
dc.description.sponsorship Literature and Writing Studies en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject AGENCY en
dc.subject BODIES en
dc.subject COGNITION en
dc.subject CONSCIOUSNESS en
dc.subject DERRIDA en
dc.subject DESCARTES en
dc.subject DISABILITY en
dc.subject EMBODIMENT en
dc.subject GENDER en
dc.subject HEGEL en
dc.subject HUMANISM en
dc.subject HUMAN en
dc.subject HUMANITY en
dc.subject ISOLATION en
dc.subject KAFKA en
dc.subject MEMORY en
dc.subject NIETZSCHE en
dc.subject OTHER en
dc.subject OSTRACIZATION en
dc.subject SENTIENCE en
dc.subject SHELLEY en
dc.subject SEXUALITY en
dc.subject SARTRE en
dc.subject SUBJECTIVITY en
dc.title Human (Re)Defined: The Problematic (Dis)Connection between Bodily Representations and Consciousness. A Personal Narrative of Literary Theories and Texts en
dc.type Thesis en


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