Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Caroline Miles

Second Advisor

Dr. Marci R. McMahon

Third Advisor

Dr. Melynda Nuss


This thesis closely reads, Margaret Mitchell’s, Gone with the Wind and Caballero, co-authored by Jovita González and Eve Raleigh, to illustrate how women in two separate regions of the Southern United States were transformed by the effects of a historical war setting. While these two literary texts deal with distinctive social, political, and historical contexts, they both highlight factors that contributed to the Southern woman’s alteration: colonization, gender roles and a historical war--setting that ironically liberated women. As a result, the female characters of each story become progressive by the events that take place with and during their respective wars. I argue that these two novels illustrate how the Civil War and the U.S./ Mexican War functioned as catalysts for liberating Southern women.


Copyright 2012 Jessica Banda Vela. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American