Challenging Gender Roles in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and Virginia Woolf's Orlando

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Title: Challenging Gender Roles in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and Virginia Woolf's Orlando
Author: Jones, Joanna Medlin
Advisors: Sharon Setzer, Committee Member
Leila May, Committee Chair
Laura Severin, Committee Member
Abstract: Clothing reinforces gender roles culturally assigned to men and women by emphasizing individuals' biological sex and encouraging them to behave in specific ways based on their sex. However, individuals can manipulate their clothing to challenge the gender roles assigned to them. The primary characters in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and Virginia Woolf's Orlando wear gender-deviant clothing to point out the constructed nature of gender and to assert their own identities independent of specific gender roles.
Date: 2005-07-08
Degree: MA
Discipline: English
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1094


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