Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Thomas McHaney - Chair

Second Advisor

Pearl McHaney

Third Advisor

Randy Hendricks

Abstract

This dissertation examines Robert Penn Warren‘s use of Arthurian legend, Judeo-Christian folklore, Norse mythology, and ancient vegetation rituals in his first four novels. It also illustrates how the use of these myths helps define Warren‘s Agrarian ideals while underscoring his subtle references to these ideals in his early fiction.

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