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Henry James: Ethnographer of American Women in Victorian Patriarchy

dc.contributor.advisor Bell, David F Halbert, Christine 2011-05-20T19:13:33Z 2011-05-20T19:13:33Z 2011
dc.description.abstract <p>This paper examines the social question: is 19th century women's identity socially determined or do 19th century women have the liberty to forge their own identities as they see fit? In order to answer this question, this paper treats Henry James as ethnographer and "Daisy Miller" and <underline>The Portrait of a Lady</underline> as ethnographies of American women in Victorian Europe. The primary focus of this paper is Isabel Archer and how she is constructed from Henry James's Daisy Miller and George Eliot's Gwendolen Harleth, in order to demonstrate that while 19th century women were victimized by the tyranny of Victorian patriarchy, 19th century women were also capable of resisting and subverting normative Victorian social expectations for women.</p>
dc.subject British & Irish Literature
dc.subject American Literature
dc.subject Cultural Anthropology
dc.subject Daisy Miller
dc.subject Ethnographer
dc.subject Gwendolen Harleth
dc.subject Henry James
dc.subject Isabel Archer
dc.subject The Portrait of a Lady
dc.title Henry James: Ethnographer of American Women in Victorian Patriarchy
dc.type Master's thesis
dc.department Humanities

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