Working against closure : sexuality and the narrative endings of Little Women and Jacob Have I Loved

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Working against closure : sexuality and the narrative endings of Little Women and Jacob Have I Loved

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Title: Working against closure : sexuality and the narrative endings of Little Women and Jacob Have I Loved
Author: Gravett, Amber
Advisor: Stadler, Gustavus T.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: Both Little Women and Jacob Have I Loved focus on the time of adolescence, when young adults are beginning to experience sexual feelings, but cannot yet express them in socially-acceptable ways, such as marriage. Although both texts allow their female protagonists freedom to express their sexuality in non-conventional ways, thereby leading the reader to expect certain independent qualities from them, the endings of both novels remain conventional in confining the protagonist to a proper lifestyle expected of women. However, by using D.A. Miller's theory on the effects of closure in a novel, which maintains that a novel's closure does not subscribe full meaning to the text as a whole, it becomes possible to again, even in the novel's closure, view these female protagonists as the independent heroines the reader admired.
Subject: Sex in literature
Subject: Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Little women
Subject: Paterson, Katherine. Jacob have I loved
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/645

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Gravett, Amber. "Working against closure : sexuality and the narrative endings of Little Women and Jacob Have I Loved". 2003. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/645.

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