Self and society : the dialectic of themes and forms in the novels of Carson McCullers

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Christopher Michael Smith (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles E. Davis

Abstract: This study provides an understanding of Carson McCullers' novels that spans the traditional distinction between the romance and the realistic novel and questions her image as a stereotypically "feminine" author. Support for such an approach is provided by McCullers' own comments, notably in her article "Russian Realists and Southern Literature”, in which she calls for a new “philosophical novel” which brings together passion and realism in an exploration of the fundamental issues in human existence. Her own novels use elements of the romance and the realistic novel in a dialectical process through which the conflict between self and society is analyzed.

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Language: English
Date: 1976
McCullers, Carson, $d 1917-1967 $x Criticism and interpretation
Self in literature
Individuality in literature

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