S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.32 (1994) (인문논총)
Richard Wright의 Native Son연구
A Study on Richard Wright's Native Son
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구소
- 인문논총, Vol.32, pp. 19-38
- Critics tend to read Richard Wright's Native Son either as a naturalistic novel or as an existential one. This article is an attempt to analyze the novel not in such a traditional either/or way but in a both/and perspective. To do this, this article is first examining both naturalistic and existential elements of the novel respectively, and then relating both elements as part of the organic whole which brings the structural unity to the novel. In relating those two elements I put the emphasis on the traditional context not only of the Afro-American novel in particular but also of the American fiction in general. Finally this article is exploring the organic relation between these two elements in the light of 'violence', which as the leitmotif of this novel gives it the thematic as well as the structural unity.