Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
M. Keith Booker
Second Committee Member
Orphan iconography has always been deployed in American literature and culture, but nineteenth-century American literature, fiction in particular, abounds in orphans, both real and imaginary. The orphan’s amphibious nature is hailed and demonized as the epitome of individualism and unbridled freedom, and also as the location of society’s anxiety. This complicated and conflicted construction of orphans animates the social and cultural realm in postbellum America, foregrounding issues of class, race, and gender.
Zeenat, Afrin, "The Spectacle of Orphanhood: Reimagining Orphans in Postbellum Fiction" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 1275.