And They Did Not Live Happily Ever After: Dorothea and Casaubon’s Marriage in Middlemarch

By Krista Danielson (MA ’20), Department of English, Kansas State University. It’s 1829 in the town of Middlemarch, England. Dorothea Brooke, the female protagonist in George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871), is seeking a husband. A 19-year-old woman, Dorothea is beautiful, extremely religious, and hungry for knowledge. Who will Dorothea choose? Bachelor #1—Sir James Chettam, the handsome, … Continue reading And They Did Not Live Happily Ever After: Dorothea and Casaubon’s Marriage in Middlemarch

Proposing Change

By Susanna Millsap (MA '19), Department of English, Kansas State University Anne Brontë’s second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), ends with a marriage proposal. In this sense, it bears similarities to many Victorian tales and domestic novels in general, but the proposal itself is quite unique. After all, it’s not every day that a woman … Continue reading Proposing Change

Analyzing Helen ‘Graham’: A Consideration of Female Independence

By Anna Meyer (MA '19), Department of English, Kansas State University WHO’S THAT GIRL? When Anne Brontë’s elusive female protagonist Helen Graham moves to Wildfell Hall, she’s the talk of town. How is it that a single woman and her child have come to rent this enormous mansion? What is her ethnic background? Why did … Continue reading Analyzing Helen ‘Graham’: A Consideration of Female Independence