Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

First Advisor

Eleanor McNees

Keywords

Bronte, Genre, Nostalgia, Pastoral, Shirley, Unity

Abstract

This thesis seeks to address questions of unity within Charlotte Brontëâ??s Shirley. From the time of its publication, Shirley has been criticized for major characters and themes that do little to contribute to the work as a unified whole. Critics focused on the caricatured portrayal of religious figures, the ongoing industrial conflict, and the reconciliation of one of the novelâ??s heroines to her mother as justification for the novelâ??s lack of unity. In this thesis I hope to reconcile these criticisms and propose a unifying framework in which the characters and themes in question act as necessary components. Through an examination of Shirley as a pastoral novel, I will show how these elements contribute to Charlotte Brontëâ??s commentary on the shifting landscape of 19th Century Yorkshire. I will also demonstrate how Brontëâ??s pastoral in Shirley examines and comments on important social issues of 19th Century England.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Joel Tyre Lewis

File size

83 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

English literature, Literature

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