Female Psychological Vulnerability in American Literature Research Proposal by Nicky

Female Psychological Vulnerability in American Literature
Thesis proposal about psychologically vulnerable female characters in American literature.
# 149111 | 1,527 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper serves as a thesis proposal for further study on the depictions of psychologically vulnerable and depressed women in American literature. First, the paper considers two female authors who fit this description, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Sylvia Plath. The paper further notes the psychological issues these two authors faced, namely clinical depression. Then, the paper poses research questions on how to approach this topic. Additionally, the paper cites the authors' works and how they would fit into a larger thesis. The lives and works of both authors are summarized in light of this topic. The paper concludes by stating that while this project will focus primarily on female American poets and writers, it is anticipated that it will include some review and comparison of work by similarly afflicted male artists.


Topic Introduction
Research Questions

From the Paper:

"Modern psychologists understand the degree to which human behavior features a repetition compulsion (Branden, 1999 p 81-4, 103-5; Kasl, 2001 p249-50). In the realm of emotional abuse and figurative paralysis in adult relationships, individuals who have never come to terms with and resolved their issues from their formative experiences are likely to perpetuate them unconsciously. Specifically, they are prone to selecting mates and significant others who manifest similar behavior to that of their earliest abusers; they often trigger (or exacerbate) that behavior (also unconsciously) through their own actions; and they suffer from paralyzing depression and lack of a desire to make necessary changes (Branden, 1999 p112;Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2007 p 307-8; Kasl, 2001 p270). This research project will include a retrospective analysis of these elements in the lives of Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and other female poets and writers of this genre in those respects."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bannon, Jill A. and Southern, Mara L. "Father-absent women: Self-concept and modes of relating to men" Sex Roles, February, 1980: 762-73.
  • Branden, Nathaniel. The Psychology of Romantic Love. New York: Bantam (1999).
  • Gerrig, Richard J. and Phillip G. Zimbardo. Psychology and Life. New York: Allyn & Bacon (2007).
  • Kasl, Charlotte Davis. Women, Sex, and Addiction. New York: Harper & Row (2001).
  • Zuckerman, Mortimer B. "The Crisis of the Kids: Negative Effects of Single-Parent Families on Children" U.S. News & World Report, April 12, 1993: 36-9.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Female Psychological Vulnerability in American Literature (2011, November 25) Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/female-psychological-vulnerability-in-american-literature-149111/

MLA Format

"Female Psychological Vulnerability in American Literature" 25 November 2011. Web. 30 June. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/female-psychological-vulnerability-in-american-literature-149111/>