|At the altar of lares : domesticity and housekeeping in Caroline Howard Gilman's Recollections of a housekeeper ; and, Plainly written : openness, politeness, and indirect discourse in Jane Austen's Emma
||"Caroline Howard Gilman's novel is an early example of domestic fiction which sought to promote the authority of the middle-class woman. This paper explores the ways in which housekeeping was used as a tool of domesticity and a measurement of value i...
|"To form a new world, new systems create": Margaret Lowther Page's poetic revisions of women's roles in the early republic
||This thesis looks at the ways one elite heterosocial literary group in Williamsburg, Virginia, used poetic exchange to discuss their society's developing ideas about politics, marriage, and the roles of women and men. The multi-authored text I analyz...
|Wild, willful, and wicked: African American childhood and the nineteenth-century literary imagination
||This dissertation examines nineteenth-century depictions of African American children in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), Frank J. Webb's The Garies and Their Friends (1857), and Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig (1859). It explores Stowe'...
|"To Speak For Myself": Eighteenth-Century Writers of Color and the First Great Awakening
||This dissertation contends that the first religious Great Awakening of the eighteenth century provided colonial American and early Republic writers of color with an ideological catalyst that helped them define themselves and their communities' sense ...