Graduation Year

2016

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-10-2016

Major Department or Program

Environmental Humanities

Advisor(s)

Donald Snow; Lydia McDermott

Abstract

There appears to be a pattern of literary domestic spaces holding historical tension between past and present. In this project, I examine three novels of historical upheaval: Angle of Repose, O Pioneers! and The Optimist's Daughter. I examine these domestic spaces through three main lenses of domestic space: spatiality, gender, and nostalgia. Ultimately, I find that domestic spaces exist in literature of upheaval to make historical tension visible, through characters, enclosure, and nests.

Page Count

61

Subject Headings

Domestic space in literature, Women in literature -- 20th century, Wallace Stegner -- Angle of Repose, Willa Cather -- O pioneers!, Eudora Welty -- Optimist’s daughter, Nostalgia -- United States -- History, Whitman College 2016 -- Dissertation collection -- Environmental Humanities

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10349/201608121278

Document Type

Whitman Community Accessible Thesis

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