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Honors Project - Open Access


In the nineteenth century, gender relations were rooted in social dogma that promoted separate spheres. This project explores the redefining of gender relations at the turn of the century that enabled the rise of the New Woman, who transcended her domestic sphere and ventured into new geographic and social spaces. For Henry James, geographical mobility connotes social progress, and textual/geographic thresholds and passages track representations of the New Woman's body in both Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove. James depicts the New Woman's body as alternately a spectacle on public display and a pathologized, dying subject.



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