Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Dr. Isabel Gómez Sobrino

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Dr. Mathew Fehskens, Mr. Daniel Hedden


This thesis seeks to investigate Emilia Pardo Bazán’s two short stories “Las medias rojas” and “El encaje roto” and how her works correlate with the “new woman” based upon the ideology “The Laugh of Medusa” by Hélène Cixous. I look at the two female characters and prove how Pardo Bazán created the “new woman.” The thesis pursues to display how the author changes how female characters are presented in literature by placing independent, strong, and hopeful women within her works.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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