Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Craig Woelfel

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This thesis seeks to explain Elizabeth Bowen's preoccupation with social outcasts in her novels and ghosts in her short stories through her conception of space. Because psycho-emotional boundaries possess such overwhelming importance in her fiction, the transgression of these boundaries constitutes a threat to the dominant social order, and Bowen's plots revolve around the consequences of this. As a result, ghosts and innocents are manifestations of the same force within Bowen's writing, but which she simply indulged in different forms.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.