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TitleNeither Mary nor Magdalen : the fallen woman, the dramatic monologue, and the nineteenth-century woman poet
AuthorMartin, Nancy Marie, 1984-
DescriptionThesis (M.W.S.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Women's Studies
Paginationv, 119 leaves.
SubjectGreenwell, Dora, 1821-1882--Poetic works; Webster, Augusta, 1837-1894--Poetic works; Blind, Mathilde, 1841-1896--Poetic works; Greenwell, Dora, 1821-1882--Characters--Women; Webster, Augusta, 1837-1894--Characters--Women; Blind, Mathilde, 1841-1896--Characters--Women; Prostitutes in literature; English poetry--19th century--History and criticism; Seduction in literature
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Women's Studies Programme
DisciplineWomen's Studies
Temporal Coverage19th Century
NotesBibliography: leaves 112-119.
AbstractThis study seeks to expand our understanding of the nineteenth-century fallen woman through an exploration of the ways in which she is represented in a small selection of dramatic poetry written by women who were directly involved with fallen women, either through reclamation work, or through social and political writing. The overarching premise of this study is that these female poets-Dora Greenwell (1821-1888), Augusta Webster (1837-1894), and Mathilde Blind (1841-1896)-chose to represent the "fallen" woman in ways that challenged dominant conventions. Their poetry suggests that neither the arguments for reclamation-redemption through religious and domestic teaching-nor those for condemnation are adequate, as both are grounded in discourses that have more basis in myth than in reality. Rather, their "fallen woman" poetry, by focusing on the material conditions of fallen women themselves, illuminates the fallen woman's position and circumstance as complex and contingent and in so doing, challenges the "fallen woman" archetype. Their dramatic monologues, published in 1861, 1870, and 1891 respectively, function collectively in depicting not the voice of the fallen woman, but of fallen women.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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