Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Marsh, Kelly

Committee Member

Claggett, Shalyn R

Committee Member

Dodds, Lara A.

Date of Degree

5-1-2019

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Abstract

Though feminist scholars criticize Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones series as they feel that Bridget’s diary minimizes her work, close analysis reveals that Bridget’s work is equally important to her as her relationships. The novels charts Bridget’s linear progression toward autonomy and creative freedom, and her work mistakes function as ironic commentary on the creative industries. Though she critiques the entertainment industry, she validates its accessibility to a variety of audiences, particularly through adaptations. Throughout the series, Bridget documents her own life into her diary, and, in the final two novels, adapts her past diaries for a new purpose. The diary form departs from Austen’s more distanced narrator as well as from the traditional scholarship on the diary, which dictates the diary as a way to work through trauma. Fielding alters the diary form, and through her use of interiority, creates a complex protagonist whose success does not make her inaccessible.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20922

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