Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Tasker-Davis

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Martin

Third Advisor

Dr. Ericka Hoagland

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Dusty Jenkins


This master’s thesis explores Fay Weldon’s implementation of Menippean satire in her 1983 novel, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. The present discussion argues Weldon utilizes this specific satiric mode within her novel in order to convey a story of radical female empowerment and evolution that critiques gendered stereotypes of marriage and female roles in society. To make this argument, this thesis applies satire theory, most prominently Mikhail Bakhtin’s ideas about Menippean satire, as well as marriage and family psychology, to Weldon’s characterization of wives, husbands, and mistresses throughout the novel. Through this discussion, Rivera demonstrates the effectiveness of Weldon’s social commentary and refutes criticism that deems Weldon’s work anti-feminist in nature.

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