Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sonali Perera

Second Advisor

Amy M. Robbins


From the mad heroines of classic Victorian literature to the depictions of female insanity in modern Western writing, women suffering from mental instability have been a common recurrence at the center of plotlines. This thesis will explore the historical context of madness as a gendered concept by examining several literary works published in different centuries.



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