Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)
Colby College. English Dept.
In this project, I am primarily concerned with the definitie roles that intimate and familial relationships play in the works of Toni Morrison and William Faulkner. Each author's world-view and creative imagination is characterized by deep and abiding questions about identity and human nature – what Faulkner, in his Nobel Prize speech, calls 'the conflicts of the human heart' (Davis 3). Identity is not formed in a vacuum. Rather, it is fundamentally shaped by familial relationships and cultural forces. The dynamic relationship among these entities plays an intimate role in constructing identity and human nature. In order to gain full understanding of Morrison's and Faulkner's novels, one must understand the pervasive cultural influences that shape them.
race, culture, identity
Recommended CitationNisetich, Rebecca, "Maternal and Cultural Influences on Individual Identity: The Novels of Toni Morrison and William Faulkner" (2005). Honors Theses. Paper 1192.
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