Publication Date

April 2015

Advisor(s)

Lois Brown

Major

English

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the construction of identity through narrative about place by considering historical and literary works from 19th century California. The primary literary works considered are: Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona, Maria Ruiz de Burton’s The Squatter and the Don, and Frank Norris’s The Octopus. Other focuses include the atrocities committed against indigenous Californians during the 1800s, the dispossession of the Californios, and the cultural evolution of the Manifest Destiny narrative. This thesis was submitted for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Department Honors in English. April 10, 2015.

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