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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gould, Rachel Elizabeth
URN etd-11202015-124833
Title "Restless and still Unsatisfied We Roam": Politics and Gender in Eliza Haywood's The Fair Captive
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bridget Orr Committee Chair
Mark Wollaeger Committee Member
  • Gender Roles
  • Islamicate drama
  • South Sea Bubble
Date of Defense 2015-06-01
Availability unrestricted
The first of Eliza Haywood’s dramas, The Fair Captive remains a widely overlooked work in her oeuvre. Yet this play engages in a tradition of feminocentric Islamicate dramas in order to reflect on current cultural concerns surrounding the monarchy and the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. By pitting the corporeal threat of the Ottoman male against the psychological threat of the Christian male, Haywood emphasizes the substitutive nature of the patriarchal system underlining British society. In this paper, I argue that Haywood attempts to rethink this system of substitution through a political allegory, one that employs the sensual sphere of the harem to criticize the chaos of a globalized financial system as well as the injustices of a patriarchal system that deprived women of public credibility. Addressing Haywood’s three female characters, I examine how Haywood critiques a social order that would exchange kings for politicians, money for stocks, and women for power and contend that Haywood offers an alternative ideology of internal integrity as a form of resistance against such substitution.
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