Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

English

Date of Award

8-2001

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Judith B. Slagle

Committee Members

Isabel B. Stanley, William Styron Harris Jr.

Abstract

Within the pages of Eliza Haywood's novels, masquerade is often used by female characters as a means by which to gain control or power. More specifically, Haywood's female characters often misrepresent themselves as a means by which to achieve sexual power and even to obtain sexual gratification.

Haywood also explores the theme of women's uses of deception and even disguise as methods by which to skirt the confines of a male dominated society and as modes devoted to escaping the boundaries they inflict upon themselves in trying to maintain their virtue.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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