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Date of Award

1993

Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

English

First Advisor

Heather Mayne

First Committee Member

Robert Knighton

Second Committee Member

John Smith

Abstract

I do not purport to give a definitive argument for or against the influences of the unconscious, for the necessary realm of expertise lies within other fields: psychiatry and psychology. However, the application of psychoanalytic literary theory of the unconscious to the lives, words, and characters of selected female authors in order to explore a richer, more meaningful purpose of their art will be the subject of this literary journey. Specifically, the intent will be an analysis of the relation between the manifest content of three classic works of literature to the unconscious intent relative to the author’s biographical perspective, or the psychology of literature.

Pages

127

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