Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Iniquitous and malignant" space: Tracing the western landscape in Frank Norris' McTeague
by Larsen, Benjamin P., M.A., University of Wyoming, 2016, 92; 10161563
Abstract (Summary)

McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (1899) has long been an important text to scholarly discussions of American literary naturalism. This thesis builds on that considerable history of scholarly attention by shifting the focus from largely economic concerns to questions of spatiality. With this shift, I argue, we can come to better understand how Norris’ thoroughly Anglo-centric text navigates (and also fails to navigate) turn-of-the-century cultural anxieties about the settlement and famous “closing” of the American frontier.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zibrak, Arielle
Commitee: Hix, Harvey, Obert, Julia
School: University of Wyoming
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Wyoming
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American studies, Literature, American literature
Keywords: Death valley, McTeague, Norris, Frank, Oral, Parks, Space
Publication Number: 10161563
ISBN: 9781369164268
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