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dc.contributor.advisorLeder, Priscilla V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLancaster, Billy J. ( )en_US
dc.description.abstractAn analysis of Petrus Alfonsi’s Disciplina Clericalis, William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, James Joyce’s Dubliners, Anne Tyler’s Ladder of Years, and Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down illustrates the nearly universal applicability of social exchange theory as a lens for understanding the motives and relationships of literary characters. An application of theory to fiction within a mimetic context lies at the heart of some of the most popular and important methods for the contemporary interpretation of literature and, by extension, theoretical literary criticism. These mimetic forms, these applications of real-life ideologies, philosophies, and sciences, are part of an ever-expanding list of tools available to literary scholars attempting to draw clearer meanings from texts. Social exchange theory, posited by Homans in “Social Behavior as Exchange” and expounded on in his seminal article’s follow-up, Social Behavior: Its Elementary Forms, explains the dynamics of relationships by observing how behavior is traded as a commodity between and among members of a group (two or more) and uses the economic formula of profit equals reward minus cost (P=R-C) to reveal a person’s motives when acting within the group. This thesis adds George Homans’s social exchange theory to the mimetic toolbox of theoretical literary criticism.en_US
dc.format.extent98 pages
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dc.subjectHomans, George C.en_US
dc.subjectSocial Exchangeen_US
dc.subjectSocial Exchange Theoryen_US
dc.subjectExchange Theoryen_US
dc.subjectMimetic contexten_US
dc.subjectJoyce, Jamesen_US
dc.subjectLittle Clouden_US
dc.subjectShakespeare, Williamen_US
dc.subjectAs You Like Iten_US
dc.subjectTyler, Anneen_US
dc.subjectLadder of Yearsen_US
dc.subjectHornby, Nicken_US
dc.subjectA Long Way Downen_US
dc.subjectLiterary Criticismen_US
dc.subjectCritical Theoryen_US
dc.subjectBehavior as Exchangeen_US
dc.subjectBehavior as Social Exchangeen_US
dc.subjectSocial Behavioren_US
dc.subjectAlfonsi, Petrus
dc.subject.classificationEnglish Language and Literatureen_US
dc.titleSocial Exchange Theory as a Tool for Understanding Relationships in Fiction: Applications to the Works of Petrus Alfonsi, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Anne Tyler, and Nick Hornbyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCohen, Paul N.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCaldwell, Sallyen_US State Universityen_US of Arts


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