Date

1969

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

James R. Frakes

Abstract

Much critical attention has been given to the theme of love in Carson McCullers' fiction. But there has been only scant response to form in her work, particularly The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, the success of which lies primarily in her meeting the challenge of form by using an ironic Jamesian reflector as the compositional centre to dramatize her themes of loneliness and the need for love.

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