Date of Award

5-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

English

Advisor

Manganelli, Kimberly

Committee Member

Bushnell , Cameron

Committee Member

Mastroianni , Dominic

Abstract

This thesis explores nineteenth-century transatlantic sensation fiction. My examination of George Lippard's The Quaker City: Or the Monks of Monk HallThe Quaker City: Or the Monks of Monk Hall (1845) and Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret investigates the construction of the Angel of the House in both the domestic and public spheres. I pay particular attention to `feminine' spaces such as the boudoir, and how the sensation novel represents physical space and commodity culture to comment on female sexual agency and how nineteenth century classes constructed womanhood. In addition to Braddon and Lippard, my thesis explores such American texts as Hannah Craft's The Bondswoman's Narrative (circa 1855-1859) and E.D.E.N. Southworth's The Hidden Hand, and such British texts as Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1852) and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda(1876)

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