Date of Award
E. Derek Taylor
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.
Cook, Jessica L., "Between Desire and Reality: Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and the Single Woman in Eighteenth-Century England" (2007). Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers. 7.