undergraduate thesis
Women’s literature in the 19th century

Kathrin Majić Mazul (2015)
TitleWomen’s literature in the 19th century
AuthorKathrin Majić Mazul
Mentor(s)Jadranka Zlomislić (thesis advisor)
The paper discusses the impact of female authors in the nineteenth-century who used literature as a medium to incite changes in the unjust position of women in the society. The paper’s focus is on two women writers, Charlotte Brontë, whose novel Jane Eyre demonstrated the obstacles women had to overcome in order to gain independence and equality before entering marriage, and Kate Chopin, whose heroine in The Awakening experienced a shift in her attitude towards the role of a mother and a wife in a stereotypical Victorian marriage by rejecting the prescribed roles and freely expressing her sexuality. By taking a closer look at the public reception of the female authors in the nineteenth-century, as well as the common themes that Chopin and Brontë used to expose the narrow-mindedness of the patriarchal society and the lack of basic human rights to freedom in this period, the novels raise awareness to the oppression of women and help in the establishment of a path towards the long-awaited female independence and gender equality.
Parallel title (Croatian)Ženska književnost u 19. stoljeću
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeHungarian Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationbacc. philol. hung
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-30
Parallel keywords (Croatian)The Awakening Jane Eyre gender equality independence female authors
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
CommitterKristina Kiš