Probing the interior : style and gender in the fiction of Reynolds Price

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Gloria Godfrey Jones (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mary Ellis Gibson

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to examine elements of interiority in the fiction of Reynolds Price, using feminist theory, gender studies, and distinctions between masculine and feminine style. Included are all of the novels dealing with male/female relationships. The first chapter examines the syntax in three passages from A Long and Happy Life to demonstrate how shifts in power in the male-female relationship are forecast and mirrored in what Price maintains are his own unconscious stylistic choices. The second part of this chapter examines the conflicts of three characters in Good Hearts and how Price illuminates their thoughts using a diary, visions, and interior monologues. Chapter two considers Price's continued emphasis on the internal in his treatment of sex, an act that lends itself easily to external description. Price's portrayal of sex focuses on a spiritual mutuality rather than a catalog of body parts and physical activity.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Price, Reynolds, $d 1933-2011 $x Criticism and interpretation
Price, Reynolds, $d 1933-2011 $x Characters

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