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.
|Commitee:||Hix, Harvey, Obert, Julia|
|School:||University of Wyoming|
|School Location:||United States -- Wyoming|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American studies, Literature, American literature|
|Keywords:||Death valley, McTeague, Norris, Frank, Oral, Parks, Space|
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