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dc.contributor.authorOverstreet, Hester Patriciaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:51Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:51Z
dc.date.issued1975-06-04en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-06032010-020025en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42853
dc.description.abstractThis thesis attempts to trace, on an archetypal level, the reasons behind certain recurrent character types in twentieth century American literature about wonen. Because of his emphasis on the "collective unconscious," the theories of psychologist Carl Jung are used as the basis for this study. The basic feminine archetype, herself complex, always retains her primary qualities, but shifts form slightly, according to the particular time and society in which she appears. Therefore, her various appearances in American literature can be linked to social as well as psychological phenomena and must be traced carefully from the 1iterature of early America, through the literature of four distinct geographical and social regions--the Northeast, the West, the South and the Midwest--to twentieth century American literature, which is often violent and extreme, but which shows promise of growth and awareness. The word "development" is important to the study, which concentrates on the archetypal process of "initiation," or becoming a complete, aware, mature human being. Few female characters in American literature have undergone this type of initiation, just as American women in general have often failed either to recognize their archetypal roots or to move from those roots into "individuation" or Selfhood. Men and women are first basically human, then male or female, then individual; to be fully aware of themselves, both men and women must come to terms with all three identities, learning who the are alone and in relation to each other.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1975.O94.pdfen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1975.O94en_US
dc.titleThe archetypal development of the American woman through literature.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairCheney, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSnipes, Wilsonen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCampbell, Hilbert H.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06032010-020025/en_US
dc.date.sdate2010-06-03en_US
dc.date.rdate2010-06-03
dc.date.adate2010-06-03en_US


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