Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Collins, K.K.


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF KELLY LEEK, for the Master of Arts degree in English, presented on 5 November 2010, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: TRANSCENDING THE REGENCY: ANNE BRONTË AND THE VICTORIAN DISCOURSE ON REDUCING DOMESTIC CRUELTY MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. K.K. Collins The purpose of this thesis is to explore Anne Brontë's significant contribution to the Victorian discourse on the reduction of domestic cruelty. The result is an extensive study of Brontë's two novels and the current critical discussion regarding this issue.




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