Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Anthony, David


After the American Revolutionary War Hannah Webster Foster wrote a new form of the epistolary novel that was based on the life and death of the poet Elizabeth Whitman. Foster's novel The Coquette performs a type of interiority for its audience that is paradoxically public. This novel fills in the gap of missing female biography and autobiography by using the prevailing conventions of fiction to craft a subversive, political identity for marginalized female citizens.




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