Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Mike Goode
Professor Claudia Klaver
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
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 good...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.
Hale, Meredith Louise, "Governing Boyhood in the Novels of George MacDonald and Robert Louis Stevenson" (2009). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 427.
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