The Reversal of Gender Roles in the Works of Henry Fielding
This paper explores the shifting cultural values about gender and sexuality in Henry Fielding’s time (the eighteenth century). The paper also explores influences on his writings by investigating dramatic works of the ancient Greeks and English works from previous centuries. The important issues exposed in this paper are: 1) How gender roles have been formulated, 2) how they have been contradicted, and 3) how society limits the individual.
Fielding was a pioneer in exploring issues of female sexuality, although he is not necessarily endorsing it. Read further to investigate women’s studies was explored in previous centuries.