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Versions of madness in Southern short fiction : Chopin, Faulkner, and O'Connor


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Finney, Margaret Anne 1992 , 'Versions of madness in Southern short fiction : Chopin, Faulkner, and O'Connor', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis examines the idea that strong interconnections exist
between the depiction of Southern America as a region and the use of
concepts of 'madness' in the short fiction of Kate Chopin, William
Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor. From a brief discussion of Poe, the
'father' of the short story, whose theories and works first establish the
short narrative as an important literary form, and also demonstrate its
particular effectiveness in exploring forms of mental distortion, this
discussion moves to more extensive analysis of the works of Chopin,
Faulkner, and O'Connor. Covering a period between the 1890s and the
1960s, and despite displaying differing perspectives on their region,
these authors establish distinct interrelationships between the
experience of the South, ideas of personal and social madness, and the
unique ability of the short narrative to articulate these themes with the
impact of concentrated totality.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Finney, Margaret Anne
Keywords: Chopin, Kate, 1851-1904, Faulkner, William, 1897-1962, O'Connor, Flannery, Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, Short stories, American, Mental illness in literature, Southern States in literature, Authors, American
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1993. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [125]-132)

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