Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects


This collection examines hegemonic responses to shifting gender norms in a series of Anglo-American novels and films in the late 19th century through the late 20th century. Beginning in the Victorian era before progressing to the 1950s, 1960s, and the 1970s—with gestures to the Jacobean era and the contemporary period—each piece in this collection examines one or more text(s) as a vignette demonstrative of changing gender issues within their context. By situating each text within its historical and cultural milieu, this collection examines efforts, in different instances, to reassert long-standing gender norms throughout the ages. Not only does the collection highlight the anxieties surrounding a perceived threat to traditional gender roles, but it also examines a ritual of “taming” the other that threatens to break down these roles. Reflecting two years of academic study, this collection is a final portfolio completed for BGSU’s Master of Arts in English degree with a specialization in Literary & Textual Studies.


Literary and Textual Studies

First reader

Dr. William Albertini

Second reader

Ms. Kimberly Spallinger

Publication Date

Spring 5-13-2019