Honors Theses


Miriamne Ara Krummel, Ph.D.



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Honors Thesis


In this thesis, I argue that Marie de France and Jane Austen transgress social and gender norms in their writings and participate in a process of female authorial reincarnation; through using their voices, these female authors challenge the dominant patriarchal temporal narrative. In Chapter One I explore the Lais of Marie de France, focusing on her anonymity as an author and the implications of her stories as a rejection of the role of women in traditional chivalric romance. Chapter Two deals with Jane Austen’s life, specifically how little we really know about it, and the often overlooked, transgressive aspects of her writings. I conclude with Chapter Three, in which I further define my argument for female authorial reincarnation as it relates to both queer theory and temporality.

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English Language and Literature