Term of Award
Master of Arts in English (M.A.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Literature and Philosophy
Olivia Carr Edenfield
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Jane Eblen Keller
Elizabeth Madox Roberts, once considered one of the most important authors of the early twentieth century, has suffered critical neglect since her death in 1941. Though Robert Penn Warren wrote an important essay calling for her recovery in 1963, the political and social environment of the 1960s, including the advent of second-wave feminism, contributed, in part, to the continued neglect of Roberts's work. Roberts's texts do not actively protest social or economic injustice; instead, they focus on the internalized lives of her protagonists. This internalization is seen in Roberts's complex portrayal of the home and domesticity. This paper analyzes the ways in which the home in Roberts's novels functions as a space for a woman's internalizations, and also explores how Roberts's representations of the home and domesticity did not fit the political or social agendas of the 1960s and 70s when Robert Penn Warren called for renewed interest in her work.
Brown, Lyndsey, "Feminine Critique and Domestic Mystique: Representations of the Home in Elizabeth Madox Roberts" (2012). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 186.