Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Theory and Criticism

Supervisor

Allan Pero

Abstract

This thesis is a discussion of the voice as an object of desire in the work of Ann Quin. In life Quin suffered from bouts of silence and after death her work was itself silenced; I believe investigating the voice as an object is a fitting way to think about her work. My first chapter discusses the object voice as a silent, interior voice using the concept of the voice which Mladen Dolar develops to expand on Jacques Lacan naming the voice as an object of desire. In the second chapter I continue my discussion of the object voice with a specific focus on the voice in the fictional journal entries and letters which Quin injects throughout her novels. My final chapter discusses Quin as part of a tradition of women's writing in literature and theory, which focuses on topics surrounding psychoanalysis and how she has influenced writers who follow her on this continuum.