History of the novel in stories of femininity: Moll flanders, Evelina and Fordyce’s sermons /

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Citation Formats
T. B. Kaya, “History of the novel in stories of femininity: Moll flanders, Evelina and Fordyce’s sermons /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.