Psychological bisexuality and otherness in the novels of angela carter, virginia woolf, marge piercy and ursula le guin : a study from the perspective of ecriture feminine

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Citation Formats
S. Pekşen Yanıkoğlu, “Psychological bisexuality and otherness in the novels of angela carter, virginia woolf, marge piercy and ursula le guin : a study from the perspective of ecriture feminine,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2008.