Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

English

Date of Award

5-2002

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Theresa A. Lloyd

Committee Members

Ernest J. Branscomb, Roberta Herrin

Abstract

This study examines the detrimental effects of religion on characters in Smith's fiction, with special attention to three general areas of religious influence on women. It considers Smith's illumination of the social, psychological, and artistic harm that organized religion can inflict on the lives of women.

This study includes library research of religion and Lee Smith's fiction. The study also concludes that Smith's seemingly casual fiction raises unsettling questions about the negative effects that religion often has on individuals.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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