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Indoctrinated Spheres: Intergenerational Education and Gender Constructs in Githa Sowerbys Rutherford and Son
Karr, Kasi

2015, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of English.
This thesis argues that Githa Sowerby’s Rutherford and Son (1912) is emblematic of late-Edwardian social drama in that it reveals the problems of a society educated based on the morals of capitalist patriarchy and the inability of women to fully emancipate themselves from the private sphere within that system. This argument is made using sphere ideology to understand the physical structure of the set and the power relationships between the characters and then using religious iconography within the play as proof that the characters are taught this unequal power structure by means of intergenerational education. This work then considers to what degree this education is detrimentally restrictive to the characters who have been inculcated in capitalist patriarchal morality and the extent to which the two female protagonists, Mary and Janet, are able to overcome gender restrictions as “New Woman” characters. It concludes by establishing Rutherford and Son as emblematic of social drama of the period through a comparison to Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (1913).
Kimberly Winebrenner, Dr. (Advisor)
78 p.

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Karr, Kasi. "Indoctrinated Spheres: Intergenerational Education and Gender Constructs in Githa Sowerbys Rutherford and Son." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Kent State University, 2015. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 13 Nov 2018.

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