Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Reader 1

Aaron Matz

Reader 2

Sumangala Bhattacharya

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This thesis defines and traces female community across Elizabeth Gaskell's novels Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters. Gaskell utilizes the fictionality of these communities to explore different ways of being for women. Here women control not only the plot, but their own lives.

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