Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca's widely-performed lyrical folk tragedies, Blood Wedding (1933), Yerma (1934), and The House of Bernarda Alba (1936), dealing with sexual repression and tradition in rural Spain.
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert's 1857 best-selling satirical novel of Emma Bovary's search for romantic love in provincial France.
Norwegian poet and playwright Henrik Ibsen's 1890 drama Hedda Gabler, about a woman who tries to live her life through a man, but finds it impossible to submerge her own desires and play the role of a housewife.
Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native (1878) in which Hardy explores the conflict between the forces of nature, represented by the Egdon Heath, and the area's inhabitants.
Edith Wharton' s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of manners The Age of Innocence (1920), set in the New York City of the 1870s, examines the negative effects of social convention on three members of society's elite.