The Making of a Gentleman

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The Making of a Gentleman

Type: Master thesis
Title: The Making of a Gentleman
Author: Jonge, R.B.E.M. de
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: The Princess Casamassima
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Social mobility
Abstract: This thesis investigates how Henry James’s The Princess Casamassima, George Gissings’s Demos and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Little Lord Fauntleroy address contemporary social anxieties about class and gender identity by exploring the themes of inheritance and social mobility in relation to the idea of the gentleman. In all three novels the male main character tries to improve his own social position while at the same time he tries to deal with social inequality. Driven by their ideals Hyacinth Robinson, Richard Mutimer and Cedric Errol all try to make positive contributions to the society they live in. Their attempts are not equally successful.
Supervisor: Newton, M.S.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Literary Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Literary Studies
ECTS Credits: 20

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