Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2021-12-07 08:59:53



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


Just as Laura Mulvey defined the male gaze, feminist scholars are constantly working to identify a female gaze in visual arts and literature. Does it exist? This project works to answer the following questions: What is the female gaze? Is it simply the male gaze in reverse, or is it something more, a lens encompassing the desire of intimacy instead of an inherent sexual desire? To find the answer, or at least one possible answer that I can situate myself and my writing into, I plan to read both fiction and scholarship and write utilizing a female character as she herself explores this question in an indirect way through life experiences. By drawing from outside sources I will see the two opposing sides of this argument and turn them into a fiction piece all the while working to fully understand the female gaze.

Research Sponsor

Elizabeth Rhoades

First Reader

Heather Pollock

Second Reader

Kara Kvaran

Honors Faculty Advisor

Philathia Bolton



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