Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Lois Brown

Major

English

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis addresses the role that the home played in 19th century American political and social structures by analyzing the ways in which six women authors portrayed women characters within private domestic sites. Authors Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Jacobs, Fanny Fern, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Harriet Wilson, and Kate Chopin crafted vivid and heartbreaking stories of women in particularly hidden, forgotten, and unvalued spaces such as garrets, attics, and cellars that serve as barometers for the cultural and political climate of the authors’ reality.

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