Female Roles and Moral Education in Maria Edgeworth's Works

dc.contributor.advisor Lutz, Alfred en_US
dc.contributor.author Evans, Jessica en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hixon, Martha en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-02T18:44:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-02T18:44:38Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03-18 en_US
dc.description.abstract Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) devoted her life to educating her readers, children as well as adults, in a variety of genres--educational treatises, moral tales, novels, and children's stories to name a few. Edgeworth's career-long devotion to reforming the educational system of her time was a way for her to further her desire to improve women's status in society. Edgeworth's skillful techniques of changing, correcting, and questioning gender stereotypes from within the patriarchal system made her appear to her contemporaries as a dedicated educational reformist without an interest in larger political concerns, even as an outright conservative, but as this thesis shows, many of Edgeworth's ideas on education are virtually indistinguishable from those advanced by eighteenth-century women writers often categorized as political radicals. en_US
dc.description.abstract In order to develop this argument, this thesis engages Edgeworth's major novel <italic>Belinda</italic> (1801) as well as several of her other novels and writings with the work of other women writers interested in similar concerns: Sarah Scott, Frances Burney, and Mary Wollstonecraft. The chapter on Scott is interested in teasing out the utopian dimensions of Edgeworth's perspective on women's education by comparing Scott's utopian novel <italic>A Description of Millenium Hall</italic> (1762) to Edgeworth's moral tale <italic>Belinda</italic>. The chapter on Burney considers both the strong literary influence of Frances Burney's novel <italic>Evelina</italic> (1778) on <italic>Belinda</italic> and Edgeworth's revisions and deliberate departures from <italic>Evelina</italic> in order to establish Edgeworth's views on women's social roles. Finally, the chapter on Wollstonecraft contextualizes Edgeworth within the 1790s debate concerning women's education and places her views in close relationship with those of Wollstonecraft's <italic>A Vindication of the Rights of Woman</italic> (1792). en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3493
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Edgeworth en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Eighteenth century en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.subject Sarah Scott en_US
dc.subject Wollstonecraft en_US
dc.subject.umi Women's studies en_US
dc.subject.umi Education en_US
dc.subject.umi Language arts en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Female Roles and Moral Education in Maria Edgeworth's Works en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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