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Deconstructing Frank Norris's Fiction: The Male-Female Dialectic
     

Deconstructing Frank Norris's Fiction: The Male-Female Dialectic

by Lon West
 

Frank Norris, a contemporary of such famous American authors as Jack London and Theodore Dreiser, has long been grouped with them into the category of naturalism. Only recently have these writers been examined outside the confinements of this category. This study expands on the view of Norris as more romantic than naturalist by discussing the natural man and

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Frank Norris, a contemporary of such famous American authors as Jack London and Theodore Dreiser, has long been grouped with them into the category of naturalism. Only recently have these writers been examined outside the confinements of this category. This study expands on the view of Norris as more romantic than naturalist by discussing the natural man and refined woman types in his works. West also connects Norris and his novels to Carl Jung's archetypes of the Great and Terrible Mother and the punishing Superego-like Father.

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Arguing counter to the usual grouping of Norris as a naturalist or realist writer with his contemporaries Dreiser and London, West (Anglo-American College, Prague) declares such works as (1928) and (no date given) as actually romantic in nature by analyzing their natural man, refined woman, and Jungian archetypal characters. A chronology listing when works were written (not just collected as cited) would have been helpful. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820437408
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Modern American Literature Series
Pages:
131

Meet the Author

The Author: Lon West received his Ph.D. in American literature, for which an earlier draft of this book was submitted as dissertation, from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has taught literature, writing, and English as a Foreign Language in several countries, and now teaches at Anglo-American College and elsewhere in Prague, Czech Republic.

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