Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Deborah Denenholz Morse

Committee Members

Suzanne Raitt

Brett Wilson

Charles Palermo


The Victorians wanted to see. From eye-catching advertisements and newspapers, to new styles of painting and photography, they sought to picture and to frame their world. Novelists too concerned themselves with the problem of presenting the self, and the world, as it really was. Two of the most successful novelists of the century, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, both tackle this question of vision and identity though in vastly different ways and to crucially different ends. By examining two of each novelist's works, I hope to show how portraiture -- and specifically the duality of portraiture -- illuminates important aspects of each author's oeuvre and helps show how the great popular novels of the mid-1800s become the Modernist works of the twentieth century.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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