Finding Meaning in a Modern World: Religious Affirmation or Existential Acceptance?
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
"I propose that Salinger's dominant, consistent themes of conformity, alienation, childhood innocence, the corruption of American materialism, and Buddhism as the path to spiritual awareness should be considered together, as independent factors, to develop a comprehensive interpretation of Salinger's overall message and worldview. I intend to establish, by means of textual and critical evidence, that Salinger's works demonstrate his own personal frustration with finding an answer to his own existential dilemma of finding a balance between spiritual fulfillment and worldly reality - the sacred and the profane."
Pazsak, Tammi June, "Finding Meaning in a Modern World: Religious Affirmation or Existential Acceptance?" (2011). Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.R.S. Theses). 5.