Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Katherine Joslin

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Bailey

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Richardson


"The pen has been in [men's] hands"—Jane Austen pens the statement for her heroine, Anne Eliot. The assertion better fits the character who experiences literature only through pleasure reading than the author who creates literature for a wide audience. Even with the distance, an irony still exists: a woman writer who achieves literary success in her lifetime still feels compelled to write about the difficulties facing women artists: writers, painters, actors, and singers. Austen's successors, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, also discuss female artistry—with increasing intensity. And significantly, all four write about women and art in their final novels: Austen's Persuasion, Bronte's Villette, Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and Woolf's Between the Acts.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only