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dc.contributor.advisorTheresa Gaul
dc.creatorThompson, Katelyn
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-20T21:27:10Z
dc.date.available2021-07-20T21:27:10Z
dc.date.issued2021-04-26
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/47708
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the nineteenth-century notion of purity as an origin for contemporary purity culture. Focusing on American women’s literature as a site for change, the following chapters explore the work of Ann Stephens, Frances E. W. Harper, and Kate Chopin. By utilizing both the historical legacy of scholarship and contemporary criticism surrounding these authors, this thesis offers textual analysis of the depiction of women’s sex expression and desire throughout the four texts examined. This examination provides an analysis of notions of purity as a method of controlling people historically identified as women, the ways and reasons some women writers supported purity ideals, and what they saw as the impact of confining women’s sex expression. Ultimately, this work concludes that nineteenth-century American women’s literature reinforced purity discourse, and future work with the texts must acknowledge the impact of notions of purity.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLiteratureen_US
dc.subjectWomen's studiesen_US
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen_US
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen_US
dc.subjectAnn Stephensen_US
dc.subjectFrances Harperen_US
dc.subjectKate Chopinen_US
dc.subjectPurityen_US
dc.subjectSexualityen_US
dc.titleThe Purity Problem: Analyzing American Women's Literature and Sex Expression of the Nineteenth Centuryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.departmentDepartment of English
etd.degree.levelMaster of Arts
local.academicunitAddran College of Liberal Arts


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