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dc.contributor.advisorLooser, Devoney, 1967-eng
dc.contributor.authorAlbin, Jennifer L.eng
dc.coverage.spatialEnglandeng
dc.coverage.temporal1700-1799eng
dc.date.issued2006eng
dc.date.submitted2006 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on August 21, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2006.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- English.eng
dc.description.abstractRichardson's Clarissa is notable for the shocking rape of it's title character, but what is often critically overlooked about the plot is the presence of female accomplices during the crime. Clarissa's recollection of the event is confused, but she notes with horror the participation of women during her rape. In my thesis, I examine the significance of Richardson's use of women in this role through historical and literary analysis. My thesis utilizes court records from the Old Bailey Proceedings Online to explore the existence of historical rape cases involving female accomplices to shed light on Richardson's use of the women in the novel. I also discuss the roles erotic literature and prostitution play in creating these characters. I contend that the novel is ultimately about gender in relationship to power. Throughout the thesis, I examine authorship and the law's roles in creating each character's understanding of gender and how these perceptions affect the rape of Clarissa.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb59316366eng
dc.identifier.oclc166229531eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/4514
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/4514eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshRichardson, Samuel, -- 1689-1761. -- Clarissaeng
dc.subject.lcshRape in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshSex in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshEpistolary fiction, English -- History and criticismeng
dc.subject.lcshSocial conflict in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshSocial classes in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshProstitution in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshLiterature and society -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshWomen and literature -- Historyeng
dc.titleA subject so shocking: the female sex offender in Richardson's Clarissaeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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