Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Robert Lee Lynch, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kathleen T. Flanagan, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

A. Gordon Van Ness, III, Ph.D.


Reacting against Victorian ideal that influenced her childhood, Cather creates numerous gender reversal throughout her fiction. This thesis notes the gender ironies contained within her works to conclude that Cather was herself a liberal, demanding that society’s status quo be eliminated. While America’s political climate did affect Cather’s work, her political ideologies remain difficult to interpret when contrasted with her fiction. Throughout much of her fiction, Cather attempts to raise the social status of certain facets of society and dispels many myths concerning gender.



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