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"Forms and ceremonies to be gone through" : performance and self-knowledge in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, North and south, and Wives and daughters.

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dc.contributor.advisor Losey, Jay Brian.
dc.contributor.author Freeland, Sarah.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of English. en
dc.date.copyright 2009-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/5377
dc.description.abstract This thesis looks at blatant and subversive performances in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters. Referencing studies of nineteenth-century performance theory, I will argue that Gaskell, aware of her contemporaries' obsession with theatricality, created works that are ultimately concerned with authentic performances of societal roles. These roles, Gaskell paradoxically argues, have the dualistic potential of either initiating self-knowledge or trapping the individual in a self-annihilating existence. Seeking to navigate this duality, Gaskell acknowledges the integral part the community plays in a self's development but ultimately privileges individual integrity in accomplishing positive societal change. en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en
dc.subject Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865. Cranford. en
dc.subject Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865. North and south. en
dc.subject Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865. Wives and daughters. en
dc.subject Performance in literature. en
dc.subject Self-knowledge in literature. en
dc.title "Forms and ceremonies to be gone through" : performance and self-knowledge in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, North and south, and Wives and daughters. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree M.A. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department English. en


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