Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1992

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Kathleen K. Hickok

Second Advisor

Dale H. Rose

Third Advisor

P. M. Keith

Abstract

Modern readers of literature have occasionally noticed similarities in the themes and imagery of British women writers. These similarities have been argued as springing from either a shared cultural heritage or a gender-specific biological experience. Proponents of the 'nurture' camp suggest that common life experiences within western culture, including a shared literary history, political invisibility, and domestic responsibilities which set definite limits on intellectual pursuits worked to create in these women a shared consciousness, intimately connected to their personal identities, which encodes a distinctly feminine imprint on much of their work. Proponents of the 'nature' camp, on the other hand, suggest that not cultural experience, per se, but the biological differences between men and women are largely responsible for the similarities in women's writing.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5963

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Lori Ann Davis

Language

en

Date Available

August 19, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

84 pages

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