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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)


English (Arts and Sciences)

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First Committee Member

Frank Palmeri

Second Committee Member

Mihoko Suzuki

Third Committee Member

Kathryn Freeman

Fourth Committee Member

Elsie Michie


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

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