Transferring cultures across imagined borders: a look at Quentin Compson and Martin Arrowsmith

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Brian Foster Barbour (Creator)
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Scott Romine

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to examine two of American modernism's more successful authors, and the unconventional pairing of two of their more recognized characters, in an attempt to provide a new regionalist argument for the rejection of socially created local values when those values are transferred across imagined regional lines. Chapter I presents the argument based on research in American regionalism, American modernism, and criticism of the mass market culture that developed at the turn of the twentieth-century. Chapter II examines William Faulkner's Quentin Compson and his role as a mobile narrative that moves from the South of Faulkner's Mississippi in The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! to Cambridge, MA through close readings of both novels in conjunction with recent and traditional criticism of both Faulkner and Quentin. Chapter III examines Sinclair Lewis's Martin Arrowsmith and his role as a mobile narrative that represents a group of politicized American values, and the effects of his travels through different regions within the text of Arrowsmith. The result of this thesis will be to expose a critical approach to modern regionalism that has not been effectively used to its fullest potential in literary scholarship of the past.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Absalom, Arrowsmith, Faulkner, Lewis, Quentin Compson, Sound and the Fury
Regionalism in literature
Faulkner, William, $d 1897-1962. $t Absalom, Absalom!
Faulkner, William, $d 1897-1962. $t Sound and the fury
Lewis, Sinclair, $d 1885-1951. $t Arrowsmith

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