Award Date

1-1-1989

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

A. Wilber Stevens

Number of Pages

301

Abstract

First Cousins is a contemporary novel detailing four months in the life of William Reginald "Jack" Jackson, an 18-year old African-American graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Themes of initiation provide the primary focus: as a young adult, William must learn how to carry out new responsibilities toward family, friends, and the future. The novel's central conflict emerges from William's blossoming relationship with his adopted cousin Natalie, a rebellious 18-year old who must also come to terms with the new demands of young adulthood. Set primarily in North Carolina and Iowa, the novel is narrated from William's first-person point of view.

Keywords

Cousins; Faith; Family; Love; Novel; Original; Responsibility; Youth

Controlled Subject

American literature

File Format

pdf

File Size

9676.8 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/igbf-09h1


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