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Alfred C. Habegger
University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)
Nineteenth-Century American Realism and Ideal Gender Roles

To complete a book on 19th century American realism and ideal gender roles which will place realism in its full social and historical context and thus establish a new link between literature and its social matrix. Study involves three major hypotheses: (1) that the separation of the sexes in 19th century America into complementary spheres led them to develop mutually hostile ethos; (2) that the essential social function of the domestic novel was to articulate mass gender-bound daydreams; (3) that the realistic novel emerged antagonistically from domestic fiction: realism was the close study of domestic failure.

Project fields:
American Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$18,843 (approved)
$18,843 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1978 – 1/31/1979