Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Deborah Morse

Committee Members

Kim Wheatley

Suzanne Raitt

Kathrin Levitan


Since being published, both Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights have attracted scholarly and critical attention on account of their framed narratives. At the time of publication, some portion of this attention was negative; however, since the early 20th century, scholars have moved towards recognizing and analyzing potential purposes for the narrative structures of both texts. Within my thesis, I enter into this field of scholarship so as to analyze how the frame narrative functions as a tool for both simulation and subversion within the two texts. More specifically, I argue that Emily and Anne use frame narratives to center the relationship between a male audience and female storyteller. Ultimately, in their specific explorations of this relationship, both sisters subvert a patriarchal approach to female author and text.