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Literature, English, man, nature, writing, American


Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Philosophy


Man's relationship to nature is a classic theme to explore in American literature. The prominence of this theme results from its intrinsic part in the American experience. My interest in this subject is a product of my personal interaction with nature. In between college semesters, I have worked in the San Bernardino mountains as a firefighter and I retreat as often as possible via foot and backpack to the high country. Another important source of this interest is the Outward Bound program which I participated in during the interim semester of my sophmore year.

My purpose herein is to examine two specific elements of American man's relationship to nature as portrayed by three American authors: Herman Melville, Frank Norris and William Faulkner. In one work from each of these men I will examine: 1) American man's vision of and attitude toward nature; and 2) his treatment of nature.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing