Portland State University. Department of English.
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in English
1 online resource (67 p.)
Theodore Dreiser 1871-1945. Financier, Theodore Dreiser 1871-1945. Titan, Theodore Dreiser 1871-1945. Stoic
A study of strategies and attempts in Theodore Dreiser's novels The Financier, The Titan and The Stoic to resolve the conflict between the material and the spiritual. The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate that conflicts in Dreiser criticism reflect unresolved conflicts between these issues in his "Trilogy". Having outlined and shown the division in the literary criticism of the "Trilogy", in the first chapter of this thesis, I will discuss the three main themes, finance, art and women, which can be seen as strategies to bridge the division between the material and the spiritual. I will attempt to transcend the traditional categorization of Dreiser criticism to come to a more complex understanding of the core issues of his writing.
Riese, Claas, "Strategies in Theodore Dreiser's Trilogy of Desire to Resolve the Division Between the Material and the Spiritual" (1994). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4792.