Date of Award

Summer 2019

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

School

Humanities

Committee Chair

Dr. Eric Tribunella

Committee Chair School

Humanities

Committee Member 2

Dr. Alexandra Valint

Committee Member 2 School

Humanities

Committee Member 3

Dr. Nicolle Jordan

Committee Member 3 School

Humanities

Abstract

Although Jane Austen’s fiction is notorious for idyllic marriages between

deserving men and women, this thesis is concerned with its simultaneous investment in the relationships between women. Northanger Abbey (1818) features such relationships as a key part of its protagonist, Catherine Morland’s, development. This thesis looks to the historical context of the novel and identifies the relationships between Catherine Morland and her female companions as romantic friendships characterized by emotional and potentially sexual intimacy. Ultimately, I argue that the romantic friendship between Catherine Morland and Eleanor Tilney provides clear guidelines for the appropriate behavior in same-sex relationships.

ORCID ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0784-7293

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