Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evolving California fiction: Literary representations of landscapes and emotional geographic constructs
by Townsend, Stacie A., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 127; 1504542
Abstract (Summary)

Literature has played an intrinsic role in fueling our collective knowledge and sentiment about California (its romance, dream and mythology). Through literature, California evolves into a geographic construct that is not only factual and experienced, but also emotional. This process is at once on-going and constantly evolving. This study analyzes the creation and perpetuation of California as a distinctive physical and cultural landscape as well as an emotional geographic construct employing content analysis of selected works of fiction written by authors who have contributed iconic images of California. Drawn from different eras in state history, these literary works allow for examination of geographical change in thema, expressed perceptions of place, and representational language. This study likewise contributes to identifying the oftentimes elusive conceptual forces shaping California, offering a geographic interpretation of these meanings and perceptions of California as they have existed and changed since the origin of its statehood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Curtis, James
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Modern literature, Geography, American literature
Publication Number: 1504542
ISBN: 978-1-124-99484-0
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