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Master of Arts (MA)
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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.
2019, Katherine Waldrop
Waldrop, Katherine, "More than Gal Pals: Female Romantic Friendships in Northanger Abbey" (2019). Master's Theses. 665.
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