Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
English (Arts and Sciences)
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My dissertation questions conventional periodization and expands traditional ideas of satire through examining the works of the British writers Elizabeth Inchbald, Mary Hays, Mary Robinson, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot. I contend that the open-endedness of narrative satire enables women to stage a successful, even if covert, foray into the political public sphere. To this end, I incorporate in my discussion multiple genres, literary traditions, theoretical frameworks, and cultural and political conditions of literary production. By focusing on the use of satire by women writers, a literary genre most often attributed to male writers, I demonstrate that the ability of women satirists to incorporate elements of narrative satire stems from the political motive of trying to gain a voice in the political public sphere. The interdisciplinarity of my research has significant implications: my argument on the use of satire by women as a marginalized group can be extended to other such groups to illuminate participation of various disenfranchised communities within the political arena.
Narrative; Satire; British Women Writers; Public Sphere; Political Writing
Be, Alisa, "Women's Participation in the Political Public Sphere: Redefining the Form of Narrative Satire, 1790-1880" (2016). Open Access Dissertations. 1724.
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