Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
English, General Literature, and Rhetoric
William B. Stein
What I propose, therefore, is not really a new kind of criticism but a new emphasis, a criticism which combines the extensionally oriented theories and experimental findings of general semantics with many of the basic techniques of close, analytical explication of literary texts. I propose to "extend" semantic literary theory to a particular body of literature, specifically to the fiction of Ambrose Bierce.
"A Semantic Analysis of the Short Fiction of Ambrose Bierce" is therefore justified because literary criticism has not dealt comprehensively with Bierce, because literary criticism has not dealt comprehensively with general semantics, because--as I think my study will show--general semantics can elucidate the complexities of this author.
Davidson, Cathy N., "The poetics of perception: a semantic analysis of the short fiction of Ambrose Bierce" (1974). Graduate Dissertations and Theses. 224.