Familial identification as storytelling : a critical analysis of family narratives in The dollmaker

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dc.contributor.advisor Freeman, Dorothy Elaine en_US
dc.contributor.author Worthington, Marianne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:34:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:34:05Z
dc.date.created 1985 en_US
dc.date.issued 1985
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1985 .W67 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/183165
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to analyze and evaluate the narrative strategies within the family unit in Harriette Arnow's novel, The Dollmaker. The analysis of the narrative strategies reflected in family stories offered insight into how family members are "identified" or bonded to the family unit. A critical construct was proposed using Kenneth Burke's theories of substance, identification and consubstantiality for the analysis of family narratives as a means of familial identification.Four narrative themes were isolated which typified the storytelling activity in the family.The analysis revealed patterns of language, images and related rhetorical dimensions which affected the process and degree of familial identification. The analytical tool developed for this study was demonstrated to be of considerable utility when applied to a literary artifact. Further refinement of this tool would result in a more workable instrument for analyzing the storytelling activity which permeates the family unit.
dc.format.extent 141 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Families. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in families. en_US
dc.subject.other Arnow, Harriette Louisa Simpson, 1908-1986. Dollmaker. en_US
dc.title Familial identification as storytelling : a critical analysis of family narratives in The dollmaker en_US
dc.title.alternative Family narratives in The dollmaker. en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/424561 en_US


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