Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Evelyn Gajowski

Number of Pages

144

Abstract

This thesis examines Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina, Louise Erdrich's The Beet Queen, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club to attempt to answer questions such as, "How do a mother's experiences prior to the birth of her daughter affect the way that she raises that daughter?" and "How does a mother's history affect her attitude(s) toward her daughter?" These questions are important because they lay the groundwork for the ultimate question that this thesis attempts to answer: "Will history repeat itself?" In addition to tracing history, this thesis will identify Nan Bauer Maglin's five themes of matrilineaology (258) within each of the four texts examined.

Keywords

Arundhati Roy; Amy Tan; Contemporary; Daughter; Dorothy Allison; Erdrich; Fiction; Louise Erdrich; Matrilineaology; Mother; Relationships; Roy; Tan

Controlled Subject

Literature, Modern; American literature

File Format

pdf

File Size

4096 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/y6yw-jnj2


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