Conclusion: The Departures and Returns in Small Town Literature

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I’m back, and as planned, this last blog is about the conclusion. However, I find it so hard to make a comprehensive summary to all my interesting findings throughout these six weeks, so I decide to focus on one that interests me most: departures and returns.

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Chinese Small Town Literature Part 1

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The third blog about my summer research progress on comparative study of 20th century American and Chinese small town literature is on Chinese literature, finally!

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American Small Town Literature Part 2

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Different from my last post about my first two weeks’ summer research progress on three short story collections, this one is all about long novels! In the following three books: Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place, and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, I will explore how in various ways can small towns distinct from big cities.

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American Small Town Literature Part 1

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Sorry about posting my research blogs so late. During the six-weeks’ research, I’ve finished nine books on small towns, six of them were English and the other three were Chinese. Though I’ve been taking notes while reading, I haven’t got enough time to organize them into essays due to my tight time schedule that I have to prepare for my GRE test simultaneously. This Thursday I had my GRE test, and finally got some time to reread these books and reorganize my reading notes. So, this first blog is about the three books I read during the first two weeks of my research, which are Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, William Faulkner’s Collected Stories of William Faulkner, and John Cheever’s The Stories of John Cheever.

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Abstract: Family Dynamics, Social Realities and Small Town Life

Hello everyone! My name is Thea Gu, and I am a rising senior here at William & Mary majoring in English Language and Literature. In the summer 2017, I feel very excited that I will conduct a literary research on comparative analysis of twentieth century American and Chinese small town literature. Born and raised in China, I have always been fascinated by beautiful rural countryside and small villages there. This semester, the study of American small town literature has inspired me to combine my passion for both small towns and comparative literature together, and to create this project.

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