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The significance of father figures in Richard Wright and Sherman Alexie


2005 2005

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My thesis is examining the significance of father figures and the father-son relationship represented in literature. I have juxtaposed Richard Wright's and Sherman Alexie's texts and illuminated how the universal father complex has specificity in a given historical situation. The father-son relationship, which has been characterized by the Oedipus complex, is better understandable in the context of ambivalent emotions between them. Throughout the main chapters, I have speculated the absence of the father represented in each text and an artistic attempt of the son to remember his lost father. Since the dead father requires a mourning ritual, both writers in their texts explore the capacity of art as a medium to grant meaning to father's life and maturity to their adolescent protagonists.

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Subject
American studies;
American literature
Classification
0323: American studies
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics
Title
The significance of father figures in Richard Wright and Sherman Alexie
Author
Kang, Hyo sung
Number of pages
68
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0656
Source
MAI 44/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542168635, 0542168634
Advisor
Winter, Kari J.
University/institution
State University of New York at Buffalo
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1426745
ProQuest document ID
305376572
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305376572/abstract
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