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  學年 99
  標題 Ambivalence and Dilemma, Queer Spaces Made: Queer Reading of the Spaces in Giovanni’s Room
  學生姓名 鍾震亞
  指導教授 白瑞梅 (Amie Parry)
  摘要 This thesis discusses “queer spaces” presented in James Baldwin’s novel Giovanni’s Room (1956). Following Judith Halberstam’s concept of “queer time and queer space,” this thesis explores and exemplifies particular spaces within the novel and queerly re-reads them so as to achieve an alternative in understanding the protagonist, David, his troubled sexuality, dilemma and ambivalence toward his decisions in life. As most of the previous scholarly attention focuses on defining David as a bisexual character who couldn’t get settled down and involved in a long-term relationship, and even attributes his indecisiveness and the eventual tragedy of Giovanni’s death and Hella’s departure to his bisexuality, this thesis will try to shed a new light on the understanding of David and the tragic ending through his relationship with the spaces he gets involved in and other related spaces. These spaces will be read as queer spaces not only because some of them serve as places of queer constellations, but because they feature non-normative characteristics. When David situates himself in queer spaces, his innate fear of being assimilated to queerness is aroused as a result of the non-normativity that permeates those spaces, and once he gets out of these queer spaces, he would soon be reminded of his heterosexual obligations and again loathe the static life mode of heterosexuality. Through reading these spaces as queer spaces, it is hoped that their representations and potential shaping power on David can serve as an alternative in understanding David as a character instead of as a representation of sexual identity only, and at the same time complement what has been missing from the previous scholarly attention, and open up possible future discussions.
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