Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2009

Capstone Advisor

Professor Mike Goode

Honors Reader

Professor Claudia Klaver

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

English Language and Literature | Other English Language and Literature


In a literary world in which a girl is capable of passing herself off as a man and a young boy is pleased when others tell him that he is “as if [he] were a girl,” one questions what defines masculinity (MacDonald, ABNW 146). These individuals are two characters created by the Scottish novelists George MacDonald and Robert Louis Stevenson in the late 1800s. This project analyzes how novels by MacDonald and Stevenson depict boyhood and includes MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (1872), and The Princess and Curdie (1883) as well as Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886), and The Black Arrow (1888). It argues that the novels of MacDonald and Stevenson envisioned boyhood as a stage in life in which one must learn how to govern one’s own person, with an eye towards learning how to govern others without the use of violence.

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