Abstract

Literature in the nineteenth century often featured highly structured scenes of domestic entertaining. Party Politics makes a case for these parties as both literary devices and cultural touchstones, at once practices indicative of the period’s commitment to strict standards of etiquette and capacious arenas in which to test the already blurred boundary between the public and private spheres. Ultimately, this project contends that parties are staples of Victorian sociability and its depiction in literature; they therefore allow authors and their characters to register social, moral, economic, political, and even international developments of the period in the lives of middle- and upper-class individuals.

Degree Date

Spring 5-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Department

English

Advisor

Beth Newman

Second Advisor

Rajani Sudan

Third Advisor

Tim Cassedy

Subject Categories

Nineteenth-century British literature

Number of Pages

251

Format

.pdf

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