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Languages & Literature
I should like to present a theory of regional literature which seems to be indigenous to our own "vacuum." In my thesis I shall emphasize a particular human quality of regional literature called "universal rusticity."
The very kernel of this thesis germinates from the term "universal rusticity"; and it seems to me that Thomas Hardy, the famous English regional writer, best shows how a regional writer can create a rustic hero with the quality of "rusticity," thereby giving aesthetic meaning to a particular regional milieu. Hardy evinces this quality in two of his novels which will be examined in order to prove my thesis of rusticity.
McGuire, John, "Universal Rusticity" (1964). Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses. 95.