Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA English

Department

English

Advisor

John Wargacki, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mary Balkun, Ph.D.

Keywords

Henry James, Daisy Miller, 19th Century Realism, Psychology, Societal Evolution, Gender Roles

Abstract

This essay attempts to investigate the evolution of social hierarchy among Europeanized Americans as described by Henry James in Daisy Miller: A Study. Social Darwinism is utilized, in conjunction with theories regarding the cultivation and development of nineteenth century civilization, in order to illuminate the psychological impact of social restrictions placed upon agents functioning within this society.

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