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dc.contributor.advisorAnatol, Giselle
dc.contributor.authorLagaron, Elizabeth Marie
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-18T20:16:02Z
dc.date.available2009-06-18T20:16:02Z
dc.date.issued2009-01-01
dc.date.submitted2009
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:10324
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/5252
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores literary depictions of characters experiencing self discovery as they are presented by three of the writers of the Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac, Elise Cowen, and Diane di Prima. Each of the texts--Dr. Sax, Loba, and Cowen's poetry-- demonstrates how disempowered or oppressed characters evolve, learn to define themselves, and discover a truer sense of self during times of war, struggle, conflict or difficulty. The types of oppression the protagonists and speakers face in these texts is wide-ranging and diverse, but magical realism, and variations on the literary themes presented in magical realism, becomes for these writers a weapon their characters employ for critique and for self preservation against the existing social order. Magical elements allow these characters to reflect their realities and--at best--resist those realities. Pan's Labyrinth is presented here as a model for these specific themes -magic as a tool that can empower the disempowered--and as a lens through which the other texts are read and understood.
dc.format.extent200 pages
dc.language.isoEN
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectAmerican literature
dc.subjectBeat generation
dc.subjectGrotesque
dc.subjectMagical realism
dc.subjectMagick
dc.title"Blessed Are the Pure of Heart." Variations on Magical Realism in the Beat Generation: Pathways to Critique and Resistance
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberCaminero-Santangelo, Marta
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineEnglish
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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