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Fantasy of Victorian Cross-Dressing

Title: The Fantasy of Victorian Cross-Dressing.
Name(s): Abbott, Stacey G., author
Faulk, Barry, professor directing thesis
Fenstermaker, John, committee member
Hawkins, Hunt, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis discusses the manner in which imperialism affected race, gender, and class in Victorian England. In Victorian literature, the different periods of imperialism are evident within the literature—early imperialism literature shows how the English were aware of imperialism, but also how it was considered to be an issue usually outside of England, and New imperialism literature shows how England became extremely involved in world affairs. The two stages also exhibit varying degrees of imperialism and conquering both inside the country of England and outside. In order to cope with this issue, many people cross-dressed (dressed, thought, or behaved) in a manner that was not consistent with their own gender, class, or race. Using theory from Anne McClintock as a springboard, I link global imperialism to the internal need within England to control its own people. I trace this phenomenon through early imperialism works Gaskell's Mary Barton, Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Dickens's Great Expectations, and New imperialism works Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and several of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0012 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: March 19, 2004.
Keywords: Munby, Cullwick
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Barry Faulk, Professor Directing Thesis; John Fenstermaker, Committee Member; Hunt Hawkins, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
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Host Institution: FSU

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