MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Theresa A. Lloyd
Ernest J. Branscomb, Roberta Herrin
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.
Thesis - Open Access
Collins, Jennifer Renee, "The Detrimental Effects of Organized Religion on Women in Lee Smith's Fiction." (2002). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 629. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/629
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