Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Karen Tracey


Modem society delights in the mismatched marriage. The most popular and wildly romantic tales trace the courtship of a pair that unites, repudiating any notions of fiscal or social inequality. In contemporary fiction, a prince can marry a commoner, and a man of wealth and prestige may attach himself to a maid, a waitress, or even a hooker. While this ability for romance to transcend class is commonplace in the popular culture of today, it is quite scarce in the literature of nineteenth century England. This adherence to standing is a reflection of the strictly stratified structure of the English social system, which remained in place from 1590 to 1880 (Stone 400).

Year of Submission



Department of English Language and Literature

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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