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Title:Family relationships and masculinity in Fanny Burney's Evelina and Sophie von La Roche's Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim
Author(s):Pansch, Stefanie
Advisor(s):Hilger, Stephanie M.
Department / Program:Germanic Languages & Lit
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Frances Burney
Sophie von La Roche
Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim
epistolary novels
Abstract:Although Frances Burney and Sophie von La Roche wrote and published successful novels in the late eighteenth century, little work has been done to compare these authors’ oeuvres. It is conceivable that La Roche’s work had an influence on Burney’s, and this possibility is especially strong for their first novels. La Roche’s first novel, Die Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim, was published in 1771 (an English translation followed in 1776); Burney’s first novel, Evelina, was published in 1778. Even though these publication dates are close together, Evelina is similar to Die Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim in a variety of aspects, so it is possible that La Roche’s work held some sway in Burney’s imagination. However, the likelihood also exists that there is some common ancestor of both novels, such as Clarissa, by Samuel Richardson, which bears some similarity to both works and was published in 1747 – 48. This thesis will explore the questions of whether La Roche’s novel influenced Burney’s novel in some way or if Richardson’s work functioned as a common ancestor. This thesis will also discuss the commentary on acceptable and unacceptable male and female behavior that is present in both works.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Stefanie Pansch
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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