MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Theresa A. Lloyd
Jeffrey Powers-Beck, Michael A. Cody
For centuries we have taken for granted Aristotle's assertion that fiction must encourage emotional identification by representing life realistically. With the development of a more pluralistic society, Postmodernist writiers have come to question that assumption. Having repudiated our ancestor's notions of identity, these writers create stories whose sole purpose is to comment on other stories. However, as some feminist critics have shown us, we must each have an identity in order to have the collaborative society that is the Postmodernist's goal. Therefore, the notion that a story must make a sensory impression on us and stand on its own as a story in itself is just as valid today as it was in the past.
Thesis - unrestricted
Lyle, Messina, "Reviving the Subject: A Feminist Argument for Mimesis in Literature." (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2204. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2204
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