Evans, James E.

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The beauty of paradox : Mansfield Park and Christianity 1977 242 The purpose of this study is to explain why Jane Austen, the creator of Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, presented the readers of Mansfield Park with so seemingly unattractive a heroine as Fanny Price. Rather than being the failure many crit...
The Female Libertine from Dryden to Defoe 2008 15771 This dissertation considers how Restoration and early eighteenth-century writers imagined the female libertine in representative comedies and fiction written from the 1670s to the 1720s. These include John Dryden's Marriage A-la-Mode (1671),...
Independent women rendered sick, supple, and submissive: Charlotte Lennox and Jane Austen critique the gendering of sensibility ; and, Melville’s Bartleby: a perfectly-crafted anomaly 2013 2678 Arabella of Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote and Marianne Dashwood of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility are headstrong, independent female characters who are unwilling to submit to the husbands that their families have chosen for them. These w...
Parody in Pale fire : a re-reading of Boswell's Life of Johnson 1996 681 This study explores Vladimir Nabokov's parody, in his 1962 novel Pale Fire, of Boswell's Life of Johnson. I attempt to show that Nabokov's numerous parodic references to Boswell's work in Pale Fire perform two significant functions. Like all of the p...
Fanny Burney's three eighteenth-century romances : Evelina, Cecelia, and Camilla 1980 1664 Although the novels of Fanny Burney were highly regarded in their own time, modern critical assessments frequently conclude them to be flawed by contrived plots, flat, static characters, artificial language, and didacticism. These criticisms clearly ...
"No more existence than the inhabitants of Utopia" : Utopian satire in Gulliver's travels 1995 6016 This study provides the first book-length examination of Gulliver's Travels as a utopian work. Swift relies on the genre of the utopia for the structure of each of the book's four voyages and as a means to further his satire on human nature, English ...
Johnson, nature, and women : the early years 1994 1530 Critics enamoured of James Boswell's Life of Johnson have too frequently overlooked the empathy Samuel Johnson's work reveals toward women and other creatures of nature caught in the patriarchal web of eighteenth century domination. This dissertation...
Jane Austen at play : self-consciousness, beginnings, endings 1990 1240 It is because Jane Austen takes her art seriously that she can play. A self-conscious novelist, she delights in playing with reality and illusion, and the conventions of fiction-making. Her ironic perspective on individual consciousness and social in...
Chronicling the heroic epistle in England : a study of its development and demise 1991 1080 This first detailed study of the English heroic epistle provides an extensive definition for the genre. In order to define the term properly and arrive at an understanding of this genre, the focus of the first chapter will be on the source, the Heroi...