Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Tanya Agathocleous

Second Advisor

Janet Neary

Academic Program Adviser

Janet Neary


The term “queer pastoral” was coined by Vin Nardizzi to refer to the use of the pastoral setting to normalize homosexuality. While the queer pastoral has primarily remained within Renaissance studies, I seek to expand the reach of this concept by applying it to Victorian literature. This thesis argues that Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” and Alfred Tennyson’s In Memoriam both use the pastoral as a space to explore queer desire.



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