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dc.contributor.advisorMazella, David
dc.creatorWebster, Michael M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-22T21:52:25Z
dc.date.available2018-06-22T21:52:25Z
dc.date.createdMay 2018
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/3097
dc.description.abstractIn eighteenth-century England, inns stand as transient spaces between traditional, feudal values and a progressive, commercial society. They at once represent inward domesticity and outward society, classical hospitality and commercial enterprise, and class stratification and class amalgamation. Writers throughout the century understood the inimitable role the inn plays in society as a functional and temporary home for travelers, a local hub for regionally isolated communities, and a convening space for all of England, and thus they exploit the space for its utility. Since the space of the inn simultaneously resides outside the class system and yet inside the English social framework, it provides writers a pivotal location in which people across the social spectrum interact. In part, the anonymity afforded at inns also provides a foreign, almost exotic, atmosphere that begs for romance, intrigue, and secrecy. Analyzing works by Penelope Aubin, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, and Tobias Smollett, this work argues that the inn serves an essential function within eighteenth-century English fiction.
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dc.subjectEighteenth century
dc.subjectFiction
dc.subjectEngland
dc.subjectLodging
dc.subjectHospitality
dc.subjectTravel
dc.subjectCommercialism
dc.subjectLeisure
dc.titleEssential and Ubiquitous: The Inns of Eighteenth-Century British Fiction
dc.date.updated2018-06-22T21:52:25Z
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplineBritish and American Literature
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish, Department of
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChristensen, Ann C.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLecourt, Sebastian J.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRothman, Irving N.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPatterson, Catherine F.
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dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.description.departmentEnglish, Department of
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


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