Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

William J. Sowder, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Fillmer Hevener, Jr., M.A.

Third Advisor

William L. Frank, Ph.D


Thomas Nelson Page, a native Virginian, was known for writing short stories which idealized the Old South. At first glance his short stories seamed to glorify the south; once one delves deeper, they see that Page criticized the one thing his books revolved around. This thesis analyzes the four parts of Page’s short stories (religion, politics, economics, and social structure) to prove that even though Page has a deep love for the Old South, his short stories has embedded criticisms within them.



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