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URN etd-0117112-135504
Author Wen-lin Lan
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2011
Semester 1
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title The Male Narrators in Robert Browning’s Dramatic Monologues
Date of Defense 2012-01-10
Page Count 155
Keyword
  • egoism
  • dramatic monologue
  • Robert Browning
  • masculinity
  • patriarchy
  • Abstract The present thesis is a study of Robert Browning’s male narrators in his dramatic monologues that deal with problematic man-woman relationships. Being a renovator of the poetic genre of dramatic monologue, Browning employs it to present men’s innermost struggle and obscure emotions in love. While the Victorian gender stereotype emphasizes men’s preoccupation with the business world, he demonstrates men’s intense relation with love. In his poems depicting man-woman relationships, men’s struggles are mainly caused by their eagerness to retain their masculinity, namely, the patriarchal order. This thesis is to explore the concept of masculinity in Browning’s poems. It examines Browning’s typical egoistic men and men’s fantasy about women’s passion. Browning’s female narrators are also discussed to underscore the male-dominated viewpoint on man-woman relationships. Meanwhile it explores Browning’s artist characters, including artists as narrators and not as narrators. Close textual analysis will be made of a selection of poems from Dramatic Lyrics (1842), Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845), Men and Women (1855), and Dramatis Personæ (1864) to see the poet’s pondering upon men’s twisted emotions.
    Advisory Committee
  • Min-Tser Lin - chair
  • Yu-san Yu - co-chair
  • Shu-fang Lai - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2012-01-17

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