Honors Program

Honors in English

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Kevin E. O'Donnell

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Scott Honeycutt, Tom Lee


In this thesis, the author gives a summary of Ron Rash’s 2008 novel, Serena, and discusses the history behind the novel and the time period that the novel was set in. This thesis discusses the socioeconomic struggles of the Gilded Age, and the role of government intervention in the economy and everyday life during the Reformation Era under Theodore Roosevelt, and the implementation of the National Park Service. The thesis goes on to mention why the Smoky Mountain National Park is especially important, for its natural uniqueness and the important precedent the formation of the park represents in the history of the United States of America. Notable historical figures are also addressed, such as, Horace Kephart, Horace Albright, George Masa, and Gifford Pinchot.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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