Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

M.A. in English

Department

English

First Advisor

Leigh Anne Duck

Second Advisor

Jay D. Watson

Third Advisor

Peter Reed

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner are recognized for their environmental writing. However, few scholars have acknowledged the sophisticated environmentalism present in Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee and Faulkner's fictional depiction of Lafayette County in Go Down, Moses. This thesis seeks to prove that Hurston and Faulkner were keenly aware of the ecological problems of their hometowns through a close reading of each book alongside the environmental history each book was based on, Eatonville, Florida and Lafayette County, Mississippi respectively. Each author's distinct regional environmental knowledge helped Hurston and Faulkner to see larger national and global problems with using land for economic profit.

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