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Master of Arts (MA)
Scholarship on Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret typically focuses on Lady Audley. This thesis adds to the scholarship by analyzing the main characters Robert, George, Alicia, and Clara through a feminist lens in order to confound contemporary notions about gender roles. I argue that Braddon gives Robert and George traits often associated with women in the Victorian period, such as intense emotions, to overturn assumptions that men should not have feminine traits. I then claim that Braddon bestows on Alicia and Clara some characteristics associated with men to suggest that women should also not have to obey all gender roles.
Hestand, Danielle, "Power, Domesticity, and Insanity: Gender Roles in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2022.
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