Vonnegut's Dresden story : the cathartic struggle.

dc.contributor.author Edwards, Mary en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T16:10:01Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T16:10:01Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_US
dc.description Adviser: Larry Gentry. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation will reflect an analysis of a close reading of Kurt Vonnegut's first six novels: Player Piano (1952), The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964), and Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) as a means of tracing specific and repeated themes, images, sounds, smells, patterns, colors, and events that relate to Vonnegut's experience as an American POW during World War II in Dresden, Germany. Vonnegut returned from war, planning to write a novel about what he had seen; it took him twenty-three years of struggle as a writer to accomplish the task. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter one will establish the historical background of what happened in Dresden during Vonnegut's imprisonment. This is necessary, so that the Dresden images, when they appear in a novel, will be recognizable. Chapters two through seven will then trace these Dresden "markers" as they filter through Vonnegut's writing. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation will show that the specific writing techniques, themes, and characterizations needed for Vonnegut to voice his Dresden message were being honed in these first books, and that when they came to full bloom in 1969 with the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five, they resulted in a cathartic experience for Vonnegut, who felt a sense of accomplishment and release when he was finally able to deliver his Dresden message. en_US
dc.description.degree D.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3842
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vonnegut, Kurt en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, Modern en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, Comparative en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, American en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Vonnegut's Dresden story : the cathartic struggle. en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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