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University of Georgia

1. Dawson, Jon Falsarella. The California Naturalists.

Degree: 2014, University of Georgia

The literary output of Frank Norris, Jack London, and John Steinbeck presents characters at the mercy of hereditary and environmental pressures that condition their experiences and opportunities, representations that emphasize the principals’ limited ability to impact their material circumstances. In many texts, these Naturalist writers connect this theme to conventional formulations of the American Dream, which holds that people can attain financial security or perhaps even wealth through diligent labor. Significantly, these novelists drew on important events from California history in their handling of these concerns. From the Mussel Slough Affair of 1880, which provided the basic plot for Norris’s The Octopus (1901), to the cotton strike of 1933 that Steinbeck incorporated into In Dubious Battle (1936), these occurrences inform the authors’ portrayals of the institutional forces that determine the range of action available to the protagonists. The treatment of these issues further illuminates the social criticism that informed these works and their depiction of economic Determinism. This project will augment the existing scholarship on Naturalism by analyzing the immediate sources that Norris, London, and Steinbeck used for their major novels and investigating how they shaped this material into illustrations of the causative agents that undermine the realization of individual potential.

Subjects/Keywords: American Dream; American Literature; American Naturalism; “The Apostate”; “The Dream of Debs”; The Grapes of Wrath; In Dubious Battle; The Iron Heel; Jack London; Martin Eden; McTeague; Frank Norris; The Octopus; John Steinbeck

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APA (6th Edition):

Dawson, J. F. (2014). The California Naturalists. (Thesis). University of Georgia. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10724/29018

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Dawson, Jon Falsarella. “The California Naturalists.” 2014. Thesis, University of Georgia. Accessed February 25, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/10724/29018.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Dawson, Jon Falsarella. “The California Naturalists.” 2014. Web. 25 Feb 2021.

Vancouver:

Dawson JF. The California Naturalists. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Georgia; 2014. [cited 2021 Feb 25]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10724/29018.

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Council of Science Editors:

Dawson JF. The California Naturalists. [Thesis]. University of Georgia; 2014. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10724/29018

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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