Author(s)

Ryan HardingFollow

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Romola; George Eliot; Gender Roles; Victorian Literature

Department

English

Major

Creative Writing

Abstract

George Eliot’s fifteenth century romance Romola follows the coming of age and independence of the titular character, an Italian noblewoman during the Renaissance. This essay examines the development of the relationship between Romola and her husband Tito’s common law wife, Tessa, specifically through the impact of Tito’s personal failures on both women. Throughout the novel, Romola struggles with her failed marriage, her need for personal connection, and Tito’s poor treatment of Tessa. Using the knowledge gained from her experiences and Tito’s poor behavior as an example, Romola transforms herself into the proper husband figure for Tessa: a provider, protector, and companion.

Faculty Mentor

Constance Fulmer

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Presentation Session

Session D

Location

BPC 191

Start Date

23-3-2018 4:30 PM

End Date

23-3-2018 4:45 PM

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Mar 23rd, 4:30 PM Mar 23rd, 4:45 PM

Romola: The Failure of a Husband and Triumph of a Wife

BPC 191

George Eliot’s fifteenth century romance Romola follows the coming of age and independence of the titular character, an Italian noblewoman during the Renaissance. This essay examines the development of the relationship between Romola and her husband Tito’s common law wife, Tessa, specifically through the impact of Tito’s personal failures on both women. Throughout the novel, Romola struggles with her failed marriage, her need for personal connection, and Tito’s poor treatment of Tessa. Using the knowledge gained from her experiences and Tito’s poor behavior as an example, Romola transforms herself into the proper husband figure for Tessa: a provider, protector, and companion.