Abstract

This project examines the British usage of the literary Gypsy trope. Through historical background and an application of Edward Said's Orientalism, this project explores the racial, ethnic, and cultural prejudice aimed at Gypsy groups that has been implemented in British literature. Using Aphra Behn's The Rover, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and D.H. Lawrence's The Virgin and the Gipsy, this project critiques the literary representations of Gypsies through the application of masquerade by female characters. Finally, this project discusses how and why this accepted literary trope is harmful both in and outside of literature.

Advisor

Prendergast, Maria

Department

English

Disciplines

Literature in English, British Isles | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Publication Date

2014

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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