Escaping girlhood : gender and growth in four works by Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro

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  • Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro are two of many Canadian women writers who, during the last three decades, have chosen to write novels of female development. In A Bird in the House, The Diviners, Lives of Girls and Women and Who Do You Think You Are? Laurence and Munro depict strong, young heroines growing up in repressive, small-town Canada, and they show how patriarchal society restricts the spiritual and creative development of young women. This thesis looks at four major works of fiction by two of Canada's foremost authors in an attempt to identify common characters, themes, events and structures, and to formulate a model of the modern Canadian female Bildungsroman.

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  • Copyright ¬© 1988 the author(s). Theses may be used for non-commercial research, educational, or related academic purposes only. Such uses include personal study, research, scholarship, and teaching. Theses may only be shared by linking to Carleton University Institutional Repository and no part may be used without proper attribution to the author. No part may be used for commercial purposes directly or indirectly via a for-profit platform; no adaptation or derivative works are permitted without consent from the copyright owner.
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  • 1988


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