Dresses and Dollars: Domesticity and Economy in Little Women and The Morgesons
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BA - Bachelor of Arts
Although popular discourse in 19th century America sought to divide public and private life into masculine and feminine spheres, a textual analysis of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Morgesons by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, which were both written in the later half of the 19th century by New England women writers, demonstrates that domesticity was informed and shaped by economic forces. Details of characters' clothing, homes, dining habits, and social relationships all reveal that far from being a separate sphere, the American home at this time was perhaps the space in which financial status and economic forces were most apparent.
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Walsh, Tess, "Dresses and Dollars: Domesticity and Economy in Little Women and The Morgesons" (2019). Senior Theses. 7.
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