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An Analysis of Northanger Abbey from the Perspective of Gothic Feminism

Author: ChenZuoZhen
Tutor: WangSongLin
School: Jiangxi Normal University
Course: English Language and Literature
Keywords: Gothic Feminism Female Gothic Novel Feminism Patriarchal society
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Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2008
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Abstract


Jane Austen as a relatively obscure novels, \This paper argues that Austen novel \We can \Gothic feminist female Gothic novels scenarios, reflecting women writers hidden in the text against a patriarchal society voices. The novel itself as well as the heroine of the novel embody Gothic feminist fiction duality, that reflects the aspirations of women against patriarchal society while maintaining their wife and mother in the tradition of bourgeois society as given character. This paper is divided into four parts. The first chapter analyzes the English Gothic and Gothic female formation and influence, and in-depth Analysis of \Including the environment in the Gothic heroine psychological experience and represents the traditional female Gothic novels \Chapter II sets out the definition of feminism Gothic, Gothic Feminism' dissertation">Gothic Feminism and the relationship between, as well as in \Gothic feminism feminist theory belong to a new branch by Diana? L? Hao Wheeler was first proposed. The theory from the Female Gothic novel discourse evolved, and in such novels as the basis for text analysis, in order to build a Gothic feminist discourse. Chapters III and IV of the process of shaping the character of the show in feminist thought. Female characters and male characters are polarized respectively show the way. Polarization shaping female characters as follows: Representative patriarchal society shape of female characters - one end is the ideal \society beyond the traditional male Writers image of the heroine, Catherine, her appearance is not outstanding, are not influenced by contemporary women should receive education, but she Demanding Equality, brave challenge patriarchy. Polarization shaping male characters as follows: one end is the representative of a patriarchal society in general and those in power Tierney male supremacist John Thorpe; the other end is a female writer imagined ideal male image - Henry, he was text only males with female tendencies. Austin polarization in this way by showing figures in the stark contrast between them, in order to express deep in the text of the feminist perspective.

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