Jennie Gheradt by Theorore Drieser

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FACULTY OF ARTS AND PHILOSOPHY Academic year 2009-2010

Ethnicity in Theodore Dreiser‟s Jennie Gerhardt

Dissertation to achieve the degree of Master in English and Dutch Language and Literature by Jorn Strubbe

Promotor: Dr. M. Boyden

Acknowledgments
Theodore Dreiser led a very turbulent, albeit interesting, life and to be able to study an aspect of his writing – the ethnicity that is or is not to be found in his work – has truly been a pleasure. This dissertation would not be what it is today without the help of Dr. M. Boyden, my promoter, who provided me with ideas, sources and the necessary advice to complete this work.

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Contents
Acknowledgments.....................................................................................................................2 Contents.....................................................................................................................................3 1. Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 4 1.1. General introduction ........................................................................................................ 4 1.2. Dreiser and American Realism/Naturalism..................................................................... 7 1.2.1. Dreiser and the modern United States ...................................................................... 8 1.2.2. Dreiser and detail ................................................................................................... 10 1.2.3. Dreiser and female characters ................................................................................ 11

2. Dreiser: a concise reception history .................................................................................. 14 2.1. Dreiser‟s career ............................................................................................................. 14 2.2. Criticism during his life................................................................................................. 16 2.3. Criticism after Dreiser‟s death (1945) ........................................................................... 18 2.4. Dreiser‟s rejection of ethnic writing? ........................................................................... 20

3. Dreiser as an ethnic author (case study: Jennie Gerhardt) ............................................. 25 3.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................... 25 3.2. Synopsis ........................................................................................................................ 26 3.3. The genesis of Jennie Gerhardt ..................................................................................... 27 3.4. Ethnicity in Jennie Gerhardt .......................................................................................... 29 3.4.1. The Gerhardt family ............................................................................................... 29 3.4.1.1. Language ......................................................................................................... 29 3.4.1.1.1. German in the United States..................................................................... 29 3.4.1.1.2. German in Jennie Gerhardt ...................................................................... 31 3.4.1.1.2.1. William Gerhardt Senior ................................................................... 31 3.4.1.1.2.2. Mrs. Gerhardt .................................................................................... 34 3.4.1.2 Religion ............................................................................................................ 35 3.4.1.3. Names .............................................................................................................. 40 3.4.1.4. Newspapers...
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