Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Megan Sinnott, PhD

Second Advisor

Susan Talburt, PhD

Third Advisor

Julie Kubala, PhD


Orphan Black is a television series rich with complex female clone characters and themes of surveillance and monster/monstrous feminine. I explore these two main themes through an analysis of the on-screen action in several characters’ story arcs. I am examining Orphan Black while revisiting Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto” and considering the genres of horror and science fiction. I argue that the representation of the clones destabilizes woman as Other in terms of female monstrosity, expands the cyborg metaphor, and contributes to the feminist analysis of science fiction.