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Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Art


This thesis re-examines the purpose and value of New England women's local color fiction, asserting that local color functions as the groundwork on which the standards and practices of literary realism are based and as the way that nineteenth-century women writers could promote their domestic ministry. Furthermore, the thesis maintains that Stowe, Freeman, and Jewett utilized literary realism to publicize alternative theologies and progressive communities.


English Language and Literature