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Title :『天の牧場』:夢[幻想]から醒めて
Title alternative :The Pastures of Heaven: Awakening from Illusions
Authors :仲地, 弘善
Authors alternative :Nakachi, Kozen
Issue Date :Dec-1989
Abstract :John Steinbeck's third novel, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) is often criticized as "a group of loosely connected stories," or as "the most loosely knit of any of Steinbeck's novels." But since Forest L. Ingram in his Representative Short Story Cycles of the Twentieth Century: Studies in a Literary Genre (1971) discussed it as a "short story cycle," there has been a new trend toward the reevaluation of its structural and thematic design. So, my main concern, in this paper, is to combine the "short story cycle" interpretation with Steinbeck's "non-teleological breakthrough" positoin. It is surely instructive to note that Edward F. Ricketts in The Outer Shore: Part 2 "Breaking Through" points out that there is a "breaking through" concept in The Pastures of Heaven. But his mention here is limited only to the third tale or "Edward Wicks Story." I am going to adapt the idea and develop it to the extent that I might say that Steinbeck's "non-teleological breakthrough" position is embedded in the structure of The Pastures of Heaven. With Ingram's "short story cycle" interpretation and Steinbeck's "non-teleogical breakthrough" position in mind, it is clear that Steinbeck recounts a variety of episodes about those who have lived happily with their own dreams or illusions but are defeated or disillusioned by the "Munroe family curse." On the other hand he makes the readers aware of their own dreams or illusions and wants them to accept the situation of the unrealized "American Dream" and to learn how to come to terms with it.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :03877957
Publisher :琉球大学法文学部
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/7053
Citation :琉球大学語学文学論集 no.34 p.167 -188
Appears in Collections:No.34(1989/12)

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