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Title: The unchaste woman in English fiction, 1835-1880
Author: Mitchell, Sally
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 1977
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The thesis investigates the fictional uses of the figure of the unchaste woman over the period of the early feminist movement in order to trace attitudes towards woman as a sexual being and as a person in her own right. The cheap and popular literature of the period has been used both to illuminate accepted conventions, so that the achievement of major novelists can be more clearly understood, and to discover differences in style, moral intent, and emotional content of the fiction consumed by women of various social classes which may be related to class-based differences in feminine role, expectations, and self-image. [continued in text ...]
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Chastity in literature ; English fiction ; History and criticism ; Sex role in literature ; Social classes in literature ; Women ; Books and reading ; Women in literature ; 19th century ; England