Thesis Title

Evolution Of Prairie Myths And Metaphors: An Ecocritical Approach To Americans' Relationship With The Prairie

Date of Graduation

Spring 2002

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Donald Holliday

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

This study explores the fiction of O.E. Rölvaag and Willa Cather, using an ecocritical examination to show the relationship between humankind and the prairie environment in which they live. By analyzing a combination of literature and environmental case studies, this thesis presents a picture of the ongoing changes of prairie myths, metaphors, and symbols and reinforces that humankind continues to seek Eden, although this new concept of Eden adapts to humankind's impact on the environment.

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© Kathleen Starnes

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