Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Leila Mansouri
Professor Michelle Decker
© 2023 Zoe Wellik
From the story of Eve eating the forbidden fruit to the archetype of the madwoman in the attic, women have often been forced into a narrative of unfulfilled desire. The absence or hunger that this narrative creates is rooted in the expectation of women to sacrifice their needs for the greater good (or rather, for the benefit of the patriarchy). In these stories, I look at how female characters express and repress emotional, physical, and spiritual hunger. These stories are about women who confuse what others want them to be for what they want for themselves. They're about shame, being sensitive, girlhood, intense friendships, boredom, desire, and negotiating how you see yourself with how others see you.
The artwork on page 2 is courtesy of my amazing sister, Emma Wellik.
Wellik, Zoe, "Onion Baby: Stories of Hungry Women" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2020.