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

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

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dc.contributor.author Kikendall, Stacey L.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T16:27:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.date.submitted July 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21047
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject British literature, nineteenth-century, visual exchange, gender, empire, visual culture, Sydney Owenson, Mary Prince, Charles Dickens, Olive Schreiner en_US
dc.subject.lcsh British literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Prince, Mary -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Schreiner, Olive, 1855-1920 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Imperialism in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Race in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role in literature
dc.title The Visual Exchange: The Intersection of Vision, Gender, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century British Literature en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree English en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Houston, Gail
dc.description.committee-member Harrison, Gary
dc.description.committee-member Hunt, Aeron
dc.description.committee-member Cheek, Pamela
emb.embargo.terms 2014-07-30
emb.embargo.lift 2014-07-30


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