Term of Award

Summer 2020

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

Olivia Carr Edenfield

Committee Member 1

Joe Pellegrino

Committee Member 2

Brad McDuffie

Committee Member 3

Mary Villeponteaux

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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.

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