Honor’s College Freeman Research Journal


Vicki Taylor

Date of Award

Fall 12-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Iris Lancaster


Oppression is evident m every society: from the beginning of time, First in England and then America, the defilement of people based on race, gender, and birthplace found its way from the streets of the country to the pages of many works of literature. These core issues in the plot of narrative gave rise to literary criticism. The fragile psyche of immigrants is outlined in Charles Brockden Browns Edgar Huntly, the defilement of women is greatly shown through the writing of Edna's search for identity in Kate Chopin's The Awakening, and the lingering effects of slavery are recorded in the pages of Richard Wrights Native Son, among other intermixed issues in various British works. For the books discussed, psychological criticism, New Historicism, ethnic study, Marxism and a few other types of criticism are touched on.



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