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Author Zahariades, Zabrina Zee, author.
Title Great social evil : images of fallen women and prostitutes in American literature from 1872 to 1952 / by Zabrina Zee Zahariades.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  PN72 .Z95 2012 Z34eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vi, 138 pages)
Content Type text
Format online resource
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 123-138).
Summary The focus of this thesis is to examine the literary representations of fallen women and prostitutes in America during the late-19th century and mid-20th century. The author analyzes how four American novelists between 1872 and 1952 constructed their fallen woman and prostitute characters. The author examines how the image of the fallen woman is depicted in Louisa May Alcott's Work: A Story of Experience, and how prostitutes are portrayed in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, William Faulkner's Sanctuary, and John Steinbeck's East of Eden. The four authors in this study portray fallen women and prostitutes in a variety of ways to represent the social ills in America. The author analyzes how these authors address the social perspectives of gender and sexuality during the different time periods described in their works, from Alcott's sympathetic portrayal of Rachel to Steinbeck's characterization of Cathy, a woman determined to obtain independence.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on June 05, 2012).
Subject Women in literature -- 19th century.
Women in literature -- 20th century.
Marginality, Social, in literature.
Prostitutes in literature.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- English.
OCLC number 849911380