Date of Award

5-20-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

English

Department

English

Major Professor

Hazlett, John

Second Advisor

Lackey, Kris

Third Advisor

Shenk, Robert

Abstract

A dramatic shift in tone in the final letter of J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer reveals Farmer James' conflicting attitudes about an independent America. When the letters are juxtaposed with a Western myth of origin such as Virgil's Aeneid, it becomes clear that Crèvecoeur is forcing his narrating persona to repeat a pattern of civilization – destruction, renewal – on which all of Western civilization is based. The sudden pessimism that erupts in the penultimate "Distresses of a Frontier Man" is symptomatic of James' anxiety about the American Revolution and the resulting disruption in his bucolic way of life.

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