This thesis contains a critical introduction that establishes the work to follow as commentary on the ways the parameters between childhood and womanhood have been loosely delineated and, therefore, created a deep confusion in the delineation and definition of both terms (childhood and womanhood). This thesis seeks to explore the nature of women and to question the difference between a female child and a grown woman. The critical introduction explores how the Romantic poets understood women and children. There is a clear distinction between the male poets and the female writers of the time. Their understanding of the female nature at different stages varied greatly: the predominantly male writers of the time saw grown women as innocent and childlike, with barely any distinction between a child and a woman. The female writers, however, saw children as miniature adults. Both parties effectively erased the distinction between children and adults, and therefore the definition of womanhood during the Romantic era becomes problematic.
The interrelated creative stories in this thesis explore this theme and question what distinguishes a woman from a child and an elderly woman from a child and an adult. This thesis also explores the theme of suffering. It becomes clear in my writing that purposeful suffering yields growth and understanding of our own human nature, if one seeks to understand it. Whether that growth is a positive or negative experience depends on the reader’s choice.
|Commitee:||McNally, John, Wilson, Mary Ann|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, British and Irish literature|
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