Representations of female sexual desire in four novels by women from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

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http://hdl.handle.net/10547/318825
Title:
Representations of female sexual desire in four novels by women from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Authors:
Castellano, Viviana
Abstract:
This thesis discusses the way in which female sexual desire is represented in four novels written by women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It analyses the protagonists’ wish for sexual fulfilment and emancipation and explores the extent to which these novels may be regarded as proto-feminist. Drawing primarily upon the theories of Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Toril Moi, and Sigmund Freud, the thesis will examine Fantomina (1725) by Eliza Haywood, Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1796) by Mary Hays, Aurora Floyd (1863) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and The Awakening (1899) by Kate Chopin. It argues that each text offers an exposé of the power of the patriarchal social order which seeks to define and dominate a woman’s capacity for sexual desire. The findings show that each of the female protagonists may be seen as a strong and fearless heroine, but each one may also be seen as a victim of an oppressive patriarchy. The study concludes that although positive and negative elements co-exist within these novels, by interrogating their different representations of female sexual desire it is possible to acquire a more nuanced understanding of the texts and their contribution to the liberation of women.
Citation:
Castellano, V. (2013) 'Representations of female sexual desire in four novels by women from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries'. Masters by Research thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Oct-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/318825
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters by Research
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Masters e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorCastellano, Vivianaen
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-05T09:07:30Z-
dc.date.available2014-06-05T09:07:30Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-
dc.identifier.citationCastellano, V. (2013) 'Representations of female sexual desire in four novels by women from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries'. Masters by Research thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/318825-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters by Researchen
dc.description.abstractThis thesis discusses the way in which female sexual desire is represented in four novels written by women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It analyses the protagonists’ wish for sexual fulfilment and emancipation and explores the extent to which these novels may be regarded as proto-feminist. Drawing primarily upon the theories of Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Toril Moi, and Sigmund Freud, the thesis will examine Fantomina (1725) by Eliza Haywood, Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1796) by Mary Hays, Aurora Floyd (1863) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and The Awakening (1899) by Kate Chopin. It argues that each text offers an exposé of the power of the patriarchal social order which seeks to define and dominate a woman’s capacity for sexual desire. The findings show that each of the female protagonists may be seen as a strong and fearless heroine, but each one may also be seen as a victim of an oppressive patriarchy. The study concludes that although positive and negative elements co-exist within these novels, by interrogating their different representations of female sexual desire it is possible to acquire a more nuanced understanding of the texts and their contribution to the liberation of women.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectQ321 English Literature by perioden
dc.subjectnovelsen
dc.subjectsexual desireen
dc.subjectfemale sexual desireen
dc.subjectnineteenth centuryen
dc.subjecteighteenth centuryen
dc.subjectpatriarchyen
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.subjectEliza Haywooden
dc.subjectMary Haysen
dc.subjectMary Elizabeth Braddonen
dc.subjectKate Chopinen
dc.titleRepresentations of female sexual desire in four novels by women from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuriesen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
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