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dc.contributor.advisorJames-Cavan, Kathleenen_US
dc.creatorSkipsey, Katherine Maryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-04-20T16:27:03Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:29:30Z
dc.date.available2007-04-23T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:29:30Z
dc.date.created2007-04en_US
dc.date.issued2007-04-23en_US
dc.date.submittedApril 2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-04202007-162703en_US
dc.description.abstractFor years critics have noticed how Jane Austen uses “a cold, a sore throat, a sprained ankle, or some other minor affliction” (Watson 336) to further the plots of her novels. Although the recurring motif of illness appears to be nothing more than the recording of everyday trivialities, the frequent appearance of illness during the courtship narratives is intriguing. The bodily production of modesty requires the conscious display of delicacy; however, delicacy requires disability in order to be visible to society. Similarly, sensibility also requires the display of delicacy and, by extension, disability. Applying Judith Butler’s performance theory to disability, it is possible to analyze the performance of delicacy used in both the production of modesty and sensibility, and thereby understand the degree to which delicacy is a learned performance rather than an innate feminine trait. Austen’s heroines display varying degrees of affectation of both modesty and sensibility through their performances of delicacy. These performances serve to highlight each heroine’s degree of modesty and sensibility, as well as to pique the interest – ideally, although not always successfully – of potential lovers. The performance of disability through delicacy is an essential feature of the temporary invalidism experienced by the heroines during the courtship narratives of Austen’s novels.en_US
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dc.subjectsensibilityen_US
dc.subjectdelicacyen_US
dc.subjectmodestyen_US
dc.subjectdisabilityen_US
dc.subjectcourtshipen_US
dc.subjectJane Austenen_US
dc.title"Posture of reclining weakness": Disability and the Courtship Narratives of Jane Austen's Novelsen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStephanson, Raymond A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSmith, Lisaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFlynn, Kevinen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVargo, Lisaen_US


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