Date of Award

Spring 4-11-2011

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

Humanities

Degree Name

History, BA

First Supervisor

Ceiridwen Terrill, Ph.D.

Keywords

women in literature

Abstract

Inspired by the achievements and writings of Aphra Behn, the first woman to make a living in the male dominated writing niche, this thesis briefly explores a segment of the possibilities for aristocratic women during Restoration Era Britain. By following the narrative of Eliana Grey, a daughter of a noble royalist family, the story illustrates the challenges both internally and socially of branching out into activities deemed unfit for women in society.

The piece is creative historical fiction put together after many hours of research both on the genre and the time period. Throughout this process I learned much about style, mechanics, and the process of developing a written piece that not only illustrates a historical time period and social commentary but also is presented as an entertaining and enjoyable story; As much as we may want to preach in our writings, first and foremost, we read for entertainment.

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