|Dark matters: gothic landscape and women’s writing in the 19th and 20th century British novel
||This work traces a connection between gothic narratives, noted for their particular depictions of carceral and sublime landscapes, and a women's rhetorical tradition elided by Plato and Aristotle. In order to accomplish this work, I follow Krista Rat...
|“I cannot get out, as the starling said–”: estate improvements, gender, and morality in Mansfield park and “the greatest improvement the house ever had–”: physical space, gender, and class in persuasion
||Mansfield Park's presentation of gender roles and relationships is complex and fraught with potential contradictions. Fanny Price, with her seemingly antiquated notions of estate improvement and romanticized nature, becomes an effectual yet subtle pr...
|"Disturb not her dream:" the influence of Jacobite coding on Robert Burns's poetry ; and, Neither black nor white: Gray's liminal pastoral
||Robert Burns has collected many personas throughout literary history. Known separately as a political satirist, bawdy poet, and romantic bard, Burns is often attributed with only one of these identities at a time. Many critics seem to ignore the impo...
|Declamation and dismemberment: rhetoric, the body, and disarticulation in four Victorian horror novels
||The fundamental question this dissertation seeks to answer is how late-Victorian horror fiction produced fear for its contemporary audiences. This study argues that the answer to this question lies in the areas of rhetoric—more specifically, oratory—...