Pausing the Marriage Plot: A Queer Reading of Charlotte Brontë's Villette

Regas, Brittany E.


  • Villette, the final novel of Charlotte Brontë is unique in Victorian fiction in featuring a failed marriage plot, where the heroine remains unmarried at the end. This thesis uses the theory of scholars such as Judith Butler and Nancy Armstrong to investigate the stakes of Villette’s failed marriage plot and examine the possibilities of a queered marriage plot. An analysis of the logic of the novel’s ... read more
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