An Italian Affair: the impact of Italy on the woman traveller in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596691
Title:
An Italian Affair: the impact of Italy on the woman traveller in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady
Authors:
Walker, Naomi
Abstract:
The aim of this dissertation is to examine the impact of Italy on the woman traveller, primarily through an analysis of the ways they are presented in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. The dissertation will examine the travel writings, journals and letters of George Eliot and Henry James in order to gain an insight into their own perceptions of the country. The travel writings of Victorian women travellers will also be discussed. The investigation is split into three chapters. The first chapter analyses the time spent by George Eliot and Henry James in Italy and their thoughts and experiences of the country and how this impacted on their novels. It will be discussed whether the style of their writing in their journals, letters and essays is different to their novels. The second chapter focuses mainly on the two heroines of the novels, Dorothea Brooke and Isabel Archer, and examines the effect that Italy had on them. This chapter will also look briefly at other women characters in The Portrait of a Lady, and in other novels and novellas by Henry James, and how Italy affected their lives and situations. The third chapter studies the travel writings of Victorian women who visited Italy. This chapter also reflects on how tourism to Italy enabled Victorian women to re-imagine their own reality at home. The conclusion will briefly discuss two novels by E. M. Forster to analyse how the depiction of the woman traveller to Italy had changed by the early twentieth century.
Advisors:
Wynne, Deborah
Citation:
Walker, N. (2015). An Italian Affair: the impact of Italy on the woman traveller in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. (Master's dissertation). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596691
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorWynne, Deborahen
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Naomien
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-19T11:18:22Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-19T11:18:22Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationWalker, N. (2015). An Italian Affair: the impact of Italy on the woman traveller in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. (Master's dissertation). University of Chester, United Kingdom.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/596691en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this dissertation is to examine the impact of Italy on the woman traveller, primarily through an analysis of the ways they are presented in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. The dissertation will examine the travel writings, journals and letters of George Eliot and Henry James in order to gain an insight into their own perceptions of the country. The travel writings of Victorian women travellers will also be discussed. The investigation is split into three chapters. The first chapter analyses the time spent by George Eliot and Henry James in Italy and their thoughts and experiences of the country and how this impacted on their novels. It will be discussed whether the style of their writing in their journals, letters and essays is different to their novels. The second chapter focuses mainly on the two heroines of the novels, Dorothea Brooke and Isabel Archer, and examines the effect that Italy had on them. This chapter will also look briefly at other women characters in The Portrait of a Lady, and in other novels and novellas by Henry James, and how Italy affected their lives and situations. The third chapter studies the travel writings of Victorian women who visited Italy. This chapter also reflects on how tourism to Italy enabled Victorian women to re-imagine their own reality at home. The conclusion will briefly discuss two novels by E. M. Forster to analyse how the depiction of the woman traveller to Italy had changed by the early twentieth century.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectGeorge Elioten
dc.subjectHenry Jamesen
dc.subjectVictorian womenen
dc.titleAn Italian Affair: the impact of Italy on the woman traveller in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Ladyen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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