Date of Award


Degree Type




First Advisor

E. Derek Taylor

Second Advisor

Michael Lund

Third Advisor

Martha E. Cook


This thesis examines the emergence of the woman as a main character and hero in a new genre of book, the novel. The author chose to write the main character as one of the first women in writing to be opposed to getting married. Though she did eventually marry in the novel, the fact that she was comfortable staying single for a while shows the beginning of a shift in attitudes of the eighteenth century in fiction and in reality.



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