Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Traynor F. Hansen
Gothic, heroine, Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen
This undergraduate research thesis is an examination of two of the most significant evolutions of the literary figure of the Gothic heroine, focusing on innovations made by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey (1817) and Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre (1847). It discusses the origins of the Gothic heroine, set up by Horace Walpole in The Castle of Otranto (1764), and examines the ways that Austen and Brontë make their heroines more internally complex, bringing not only realism to the Gothic heroine but a psychological depth to the feminine Gothic.
Callison, Molly S., "Haunted Heroines: An Examination of the Complication of the Gothic Heroine" (2022). Honors Projects. 164.
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