English Language and Literature ETDs

Author

Harriet Johns

Publication Date

9-3-1949

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to make a comparative study of the treatment of Joan of Arc in selected literary works to determine how far and in what ways interpretations vary according to the spirit of the age and the author's own particular interests and biases. It will be shown that the author's dominant purpose in writing and the reasons for his interest in Joan do affect his presentation of her to a large extent. It will also be shown that as a rule the author reflects the zeitgeist of his age or a reaction against it. The importance of this subject is that it will make the reader aware of the subjective nature of literary characterizations of an historical figure and that it will also make the reader more conscious of authors' motives and themes.

Degree Name

English

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Committee Member (Chair)

C.V. Wicker

Second Committee Member

Norton B. Crowell

Third Committee Member

Benjamin Sacks

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

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