Date of Award

January 1940

Degree Type



Aware of the fact that the treatment of the Negro in the old fiction was one that originated and maintained the Negro in the traditional plantation pattern, the writer of this thesis has been interested in finding whether or not a literary Renaissance has precipitated a departure from such treatment, or whether that in awakening, southern writers of fiction continue to keep their eyes closed to the signs which might arouse them from the peaceful slumber of traditionalism. In order to determine this fact, an analysis has been made of a part of southern fiction. That this analysis may be more thorough and more complete, one out of all the southern states has been chosen. The state chosen for this study is South Carolina. Because 1920 is the approximate date accepted as beginning the literary Renaissance in southern letters, the novels here treated range from then to 1940.