Date Thesis Awarded

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

English

Advisor

Suzanne Raitt

Committee Member

Giulia Pacini

Committee Member

Melanie Dawson

Committee Member

Simon Joyce

Abstract

This thesis explores the use of correspondence (letters) in three late nineteenth-century novels; Guy de Maupassant's Une Vie, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Though the epistolary novel had fallen out of fashion by the time they published their works, Maupassant, James, and Hardy all explore, question, or subvert traditional epistolary themes: namely, the construction of individual subjectivity and desire. At the turn of the nineteenth century, at a time when new psychological research and concerns about modernity were questioning the foundations of subjectivity and of social relations, letters offer these writers a way to explore the psychology of intimacy, sentimentality, and sociability: in short, the psychology of desire.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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