I present a study of the female protagonists of The Wide, Wide World; Little Women; and Anne of Green Gables in terms of reading and play. I posit that the lives of the girls depend on what and how they read, and insight to their reading can be gained by examining when their play interacts with their books. I also employ the use of mise en abyme to understand the overall purpose of their reading (and playing) and the contribution these characters make to the lives of their own potential readers.
|Commitee:||Cali, Elizabeth, Johnson, Heather|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||English Language & Literature|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Mise en abyme, Reading and play, The Wide, Wide World, Victorian American literature|
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