MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Judith B. Slagle
Isabel B. Stanley, William Styron Harris Jr.
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.
Thesis - Open Access
Booth, Emily Kathryn, "Eliza Haywood's Feigning Femmes Fatale: Desirous and Deceptive Women in "Fantomina," Love in Excess, and The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless." (2001). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 105. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/105
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