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dc.contributor.authorWiley, W. Brett
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T16:19:54Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T16:19:54Z
dc.date.issued2008-08
dc.identifier.otherwiley_w_b_200808_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/wiley_w_b_200808_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/25086
dc.description.abstractThere is a national archetype based on Cain, the son of the Biblical Adam. The figure,the offspring of R. W. B. Lewis’s American Adam, appears when a character exhibits specificCainian traits and reenacts his life experiences, most notably the murder of a double, either inpursuit of the American Dream or as a result of a failure to attain the opportunity suggested bythe national ideology. There are a number of examples of the archetype, in particular, FrankNorris’s McTeague, Caroline Gordon’s Rion Outlaw, and John Steinbeck’s Caleb Trask. Theevidence of a second national archetype is a significant addition to the study of Americanliterature, providing a necessary addendum to Lewis’s seminal work, The American Adam. TheAmerican Cain, who serves as a representative of the consistent conflict in the country that canoften turn violent, provides perspective on the overt hope and idealism of the figure Lewisidentified in the early writings of American authors and reveals the inherent issues with thedream to which he corresponds.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAmerican Cain
dc.subjectAmerican Adam
dc.subjectAmerican literary archetypes
dc.subjectAmerican Dream
dc.subjectFrank Norris
dc.subjectMcTeague
dc.subjectCaroline Gordon
dc.subjectGreen Centuries
dc.subjectPenhally
dc.subjectJohn Steinbeck
dc.subjectEast of Eden
dc.subjectThe American Adam
dc.subjectCain
dc.subjectAbel
dc.titleThe American Cain
dc.title.alternativean alternative national archetype
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.majorEnglish
dc.description.advisorJames Nagel
dc.description.committeeJames Nagel
dc.description.committeeDoug Anderson
dc.description.committeeJames Kibler


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