Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
The Southern Woman: A History of Rebellion, Passion, and Betrayal in Gone With The Wind and Caballero: A Historical Novel
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Caroline Miles
Dr. Marci R. McMahon
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.
University of Texas-Pan American
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