Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
English & World Literature
© 2009 Stephanie Turner
This thesis addresses issues of class as represented through the narrative agency exercised by the servant-narrator in Castle Rackrent and Wuthering Heights. Thady Quirk and Ellen Dean are servant-narrators who strategically use feigned allegiance, astute perception, and selective disclosure to wield power over the lives of their masters. These “arts of subordination” allow the servant-narrator to tell his or her own life narrative, while appearing to share the masters’ memoirs. While both servant-narrators are motivated by economic means, Ellen Dean’s involvement throughout Wuthering Heights is further complicated by her desires of emotional connection. However, each servant-narrator achieves his or her goals by manipulating the events and relationships that constitute his or her masters’ lives.
Turner, Stephanie, "Serving the Storyline of the Novel: The Powerful Role of the Feudal Servant-Narrator" (2009). Pitzer Senior Theses. 10.