Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Suzanne Raitt

Committee Members

Giulia Pacini

Melanie Dawson

Simon Joyce


This thesis explores the use of correspondence (letters) in three late nineteenth-century novels; Guy de Maupassant's Une Vie, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Though the epistolary novel had fallen out of fashion by the time they published their works, Maupassant, James, and Hardy all explore, question, or subvert traditional epistolary themes: namely, the construction of individual subjectivity and desire. At the turn of the nineteenth century, at a time when new psychological research and concerns about modernity were questioning the foundations of subjectivity and of social relations, letters offer these writers a way to explore the psychology of intimacy, sentimentality, and sociability: in short, the psychology of desire.

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

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