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1. Lee, Chia-wei. Yearning for Significance in an Insignificant World: Womenâs Reading, Power, and Marriage in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote.

Degree: Master, Foreign Language and Literature, 2008, NSYSU

My thesis aims to explore the conflict between bourgeois and romance ideologies in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote in terms of womenâs reading, power, and marriage in the eighteenth century. In chapter one, I focus on Arabellaâs access to romantic fantasies, offering an overview of womenâs position and reading in bourgeois society. Through examining the societyâs attitude to and concerns with reading, we can see that in the bourgeois ideal women are voiceless and restrained within the domestic domain, the one that offers no opportunities for the significance that romance heroines enjoy. Also, both womenâs motives to read and the societyâs eagerness to prohibit it reflect the economical and capitalistic sides of the bourgeoisie. Then, Arabellaâs exclusive reading of romance makes her totally subject to it; the canonized romances become the female tradition for Arabella. By comparing the quasi-classicism of romance to the contemporaneity of novel, the discrepancy between Arabella and the outside world is clearly shown. She endeavors to yearn for significance in the prosaic reality which offers no opportunity. Consequently, chapter two examines Arabellaâs power on two levels. Arabella, trying to mediate the gap, constructs her romantic counter-reality with the help of the power of imagination. Arabella manipulates her surroundings to make them meet the requirements of the romantic world, which appears to be an autonomous domain governed by love, excluding the laws, morality, and secularity of the reality. Furthermore, in the love-ruled realm the power structure of bourgeois society seems to be reversed. Women have power over their submissive and constant suitors. The typical images of both genders are reversed. However, heroinesâ possession of power is at the expense of rejecting and denying female sexuality and desire. Therefore the autonomy and the reversal of power structure proposed by romance are actually illusive; the power only exists by sacrificing female subjectivity. In chapter three I will probe into the double-edged role marriage plays. The marriage between Arabella and Glanville can be seen as the compromise between romance and bourgeois ideologies. With the help of her manipulation of the reality, Arabellaâs marriage does exemplify the romantic ideal. Glanville is romantically presented as a hero performing countless actions to win his lover. Their marriage is depicted as an amatory union, which is the essential ending in romances wherein love is sanctified. On the other hand, the marriage ending also satisfies the concerns of middle-class society, wherein marriage is considered as a trade and bears an economic mission rather than connecting two lovers. Hence the marriage plot functions as a happy ending that settles the two confronting ideologies. Advisors/Committee Members: Shu-fang Lai (chair), Rudolphus Teeuwen (committee member), Li-Ching Chen (chair).

Subjects/Keywords: marriage; reading; power; bourgeois ideology; Female Quixote; novel; romance; Lennox

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APA (6th Edition):

Lee, C. (2008). Yearning for Significance in an Insignificant World: Womenâs Reading, Power, and Marriage in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote. (Thesis). NSYSU. Retrieved from http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0623108-125919

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lee, Chia-wei. “Yearning for Significance in an Insignificant World: Womenâs Reading, Power, and Marriage in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote.” 2008. Thesis, NSYSU. Accessed January 29, 2020. http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0623108-125919.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lee, Chia-wei. “Yearning for Significance in an Insignificant World: Womenâs Reading, Power, and Marriage in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote.” 2008. Web. 29 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

Lee C. Yearning for Significance in an Insignificant World: Womenâs Reading, Power, and Marriage in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote. [Internet] [Thesis]. NSYSU; 2008. [cited 2020 Jan 29]. Available from: http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0623108-125919.

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Council of Science Editors:

Lee C. Yearning for Significance in an Insignificant World: Womenâs Reading, Power, and Marriage in Charlotte Lennoxâs The Female Quixote. [Thesis]. NSYSU; 2008. Available from: http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0623108-125919

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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