'How Cold an Arcadia Was This': Transcendentalist Communes in The Blithedale Romance and 'Transcendental Wild Oats'

dc.contributor.advisor Renfroe, Alicia
dc.contributor.author Michael, Shellie Melnick
dc.contributor.committeemember Ostrowski, Carl
dc.contributor.committeemember Brantley, William
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-13T18:23:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-13T18:23:58Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-19
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance (1852) and Louisa May Alcott’s “Transcendental Wild Oats” (1873) with a two-fold purpose. The first is to put these texts into conversation with one another to highlight commonalities as well as provide insights into each. Both Hawthorne’s novel and Alcott’s short story are works of fiction set at Transcendentalist communes based on places that actually existed and at which each writer lived: Brook Farm and Fruitlands, respectively. This dissertation considers how the two writers portray attempts to live by
dc.description.abstract Transcendentalist precepts at the fictionalized communities. To explore The Blithedale Romance and “Transcendental Wild Oats,” this dissertation establishes and applies a framework for analyzing any texts about utopian communities, whether historical and fictional, or whether that fiction is speculative or real-world. The analytical framework involves looking at sets of conflicts or dichotomies that utopian texts tend to confront; the second purpose of this dissertation is to illustrate the application of this methodology. The recurring tensions explored here are those between thought and action, between the individual and society, and between men and women—three binaries that overlap with tensions within Transcendentalism or were of interest to Transcendentalists. The methodology provides a way to examine how two works of real-world utopian fiction, The Blithedale Romance and "Transcendental Wild Oats,” handle these tensions in depicting life at Transcendentalist communes. Applying this methodology also puts these
dc.description.abstract two texts into conversation with other works of fiction about real-world utopias as well as other works by Hawthorne and Alcott.
dc.description.degree Ph.D.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4869
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Louisa May Alcott
dc.subject Nathaniel Hawthorne
dc.subject Transcendentalism
dc.subject Utopian studies
dc.subject.umi American literature
dc.subject.umi Literature
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral
dc.title 'How Cold an Arcadia Was This': Transcendentalist Communes in The Blithedale Romance and 'Transcendental Wild Oats' en_US
dc.type Dissertation
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