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Prisoners' progress: development in the female Bildungsroman.

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dc.contributor.author Law, Carolyn Leste.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-02T18:41:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-02T18:41:03Z
dc.date.created 1986 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1982
dc.description 81 leaves en_US
dc.description.abstract Charlotte Bronte Kate Chopin, and Alice Walker each employ a common metaphor to articulate their characters' stories of development. Jane Eyre constantly escapes a series of impending enclosures. Edna Pontellier emerges, as in birthing, from suffocating confinement. Celie, who understands slavery in two ways, as a Black and as a woman, liberates herself from bondage with power she draws from bonding among women. This thesis illustrates, using three novels from widely separated time periods and featuring three very different protagonists, a characteristic of a significant, but often neglected, literary genre. The female novel of development is distinguished from the male literary tradition not so much by structure or plot or even theme, but by the social and cultural imperatives inherent in a structure or plot or theme which attempts to express a woman's development. Jane, Edna, and Celie all share a common developmental task. They must assert their individuality, their autonomy, and their independence in a patriarchal system unwilling to accept such. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Bildungsromans. en_US
dc.subject Women in literature. en_US
dc.subject Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Jane Eyre. en_US
dc.subject Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904. Awakening. en_US
dc.subject Walker, Alice, 1944- Color purple. en_US
dc.title Prisoners' progress: development in the female Bildungsroman. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college las en_US
dc.advisor James Hoy en_US
dc.department english, modern languages and literatures en_US

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