Date Thesis Awarded

4-2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

English

Advisor

Melanie Dawson

Committee Members

Francesca Sawaya

Deborah Morse

Alexander Angelov

Abstract

This thesis will explore the ramifications of changing women’s property rights in England from 1880 to 1910. Through its reading of The Portrait of a Lady (1880-1881), The Spoils of Poynton (1896) and Howards End (1910), this paper will expose the social tensions underlying property and ownership. All three novels consider the question of female inheritance and ownership. By tracing the increasing independence and propriety of women, this thesis narrates the trajectory of dependency to increasing self-possession for married women in England at the turn of the century.

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