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The Visual Exchange: The Intersection of Vision, Gender, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

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Title: The Visual Exchange: The Intersection of Vision, Gender, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Author: Kikendall, Stacey L.
Advisor(s): Houston, Gail
Committee Member(s): Harrison, Gary
Hunt, Aeron
Cheek, Pamela
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of English
Subject(s): British literature, nineteenth-century, visual exchange, gender, empire, visual culture, Sydney Owenson, Mary Prince, Charles Dickens, Olive Schreiner
LC Subject(s): British literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859 -- Criticism and interpretation
Prince, Mary -- Criticism and interpretation
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation
Schreiner, Olive, 1855-1920 -- Criticism and interpretation
Imperialism in literature
Race in literature
Sex role in literature
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: This dissertation examines key moments in fictional and autobiographical texts when gender construction and colonization intersect and create the possibility for reciprocal visual exchange between disparate people. In a visual exchange, the participants actively and meaningfully look at one another, at the same time acknowledging the other’s subjectivity. I argue that these moments hint at the subliminal utopian desire by the author, and perhaps the reader, for a more equal, even democratic, community. I study a range of texts written during the long nineteenth century by male and female authors, including Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl (1806), The History of Mary Prince (1831), Charles Dickens’s Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), and Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm (1883). Despite the rich scholarship in recent years on race and imperialism, gender, and the gaze as they are conceived in the nineteenth century, it is rare to find scholarship that examines the intersections of all three, and none of the texts I study have been the subject of this kind of intersectional analysis.
Graduation Date: July 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21047
Item Available: 2014-07-30

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