"The true artist-seer, the heavenly fool" : the transformation of the artist in J. D. Salinger's publications.

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dc.contributor.advisor Ferretter, Luke, 1970- White, Holland.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of English. en 2009-12
dc.description.abstract This thesis traces the development of the function of art and the role of the artist throughout J. D. Salinger's publishing career, including his earlier uncollected short stories. Salinger creates a dichotomy between true art and phony art in his early stories that influences the artist characters of his subsequent publications. His short stories published in The New Yorker in the 1950s along with The Catcher in the Rye portray an image of the artist as the voice of truth in a phony world. In the third phase of Salinger's publication, his focus on the Glass family leads to the conception of the ultimate artist as a spiritual seer. Ultimately, Salinger confronts and shuns the critics at the end of his publishing career by following two lengthy, complex narratives with utter silence; he confounds his own conception of artists as those who share. en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en
dc.subject J. D. Salinger. en
dc.subject Artist. en
dc.subject Eastern religion. en
dc.subject Nine stories. en
dc.subject The Catcher in the Rye. en
dc.subject Franny and Zooey. en
dc.subject Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. en
dc.title "The true artist-seer, the heavenly fool" : the transformation of the artist in J. D. Salinger's publications. en
dc.type Thesis en M. A. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department English. en

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