Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Katherine Malone

Keywords

Carmilla, Goblin Market, Hesba Stretton, queer theory, The Ghost in the Clock Room, Victorian family

Abstract

In my thesis, I use a queer theoretical lens to consider three Victorian texts, Hesba Stretton’s “The Ghost in the Clock Room,” Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market,” and J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. I apply queer theory to locate these authors’ attempts to destabilize heteronormativity by depicting non-normative gender roles, sexualities, and families in texts that emphasize the Victorian ideology of separate spheres. Many scholars imagine the separation of spheres as simply relegating women to a domestic sphere that reinforced traditional values and restricted their power. However, these works demonstrate that opportunities for power and queer possibility exist within the home and family, or so-called domestic sphere. This thesis seeks to locate and celebrate these queer and transgressive possibilities.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Sex role in literature

Families in literature

English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism Queer theory

Stretton, Hesba, 1832-1911

Ghost in the clock room

Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894

Goblin market;

Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873

Carmilla

Description

Includes bibliographical references (page 86-92)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

97

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 2016 Randi Mihajlovic

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