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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




An Eclectic teaching approach to William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun for use in an Introduction to literature class. The purpose of this thesis is to provide the reader with a practical teaching approach to a novel in an introduction to literature course. The approach to the novel put forward in this thesis combines a number of partisan critical approaches to the novel and applies them to William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun. Faulkner’s novel is used as an example of the practicality of an eclectic teaching approach which may, by extension, be considered useful as an approach to any novel which does not lend itself to partisan critical analysis. The novice who accepts the criticism which appears in the professional journals as representing the best work in the field will find himself making an identification with a partisan critical approach rather than with an eclectic approach simply because there has been so little down from the eclectic point of view. The instructor who defends only one approach restricts himself and his students by this limitation. The eclectic approach put forward in this paper is arrived at in a rational manner. Since there is no empirical method known which can measure and test the validity of this approach, its merits must be judged by other field. Chapter IV of this thesis demonstrates how the instructor in an introduction to literature class might incorporate a number of partisan criticisms into an eclectic critical teaching approach to the novel.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Requiem for a Nun
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Criticism and interpretation
Literature -- Study and teaching


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South Dakota State University