Nine Stories and the Society of the Spectacle: An Exploration into the Alienation of the Individual in the Post-War Era
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Master of Arts in English (M.A.)
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Department of Literature and Philosophy
Olivia Carr Edenfield
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This thesis analyzes the thematic links between three of J. D. Salinger’s short stories published in Nine Stories (“A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” “Down at the Dinghy,” and “Teddy”), ultimately arguing that it is a short-story cycle rooted in the quandary posed by the suicide of Seymour Glass. This conclusion is reached by assessing the influence of T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” on these stories, something that is understood through the Marxist frame of Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle.
Geddy, Margaret E., "Nine Stories and the Society of the Spectacle: An Exploration into the Alienation of the Individual in the Post-War Era" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2143.
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American Literature Commons, Literature in English, North America Commons, Metaphysics Commons, Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons