The Resource "Tauser Killed Both Dogs" : and other suburban American family folklore, by Kristina Whitley Gashler

"Tauser Killed Both Dogs" : and other suburban American family folklore, by Kristina Whitley Gashler

Label
"Tauser Killed Both Dogs" : and other suburban American family folklore
Title
"Tauser Killed Both Dogs"
Title remainder
and other suburban American family folklore
Statement of responsibility
by Kristina Whitley Gashler
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This thesis attempts to answer the questions "What purposes do family pets and the narratives we tell about them serve in modern American society?" and "What do these stories tell us about what Americans value and about where we locate our 'value center'?" In Chapter 1, I discuss how Americans define loyalty in our pets now that our animals generally no longer help us work. I conclude that since the shift from agricultural to suburban settings, animals prove their loyalty individually and in human-like ways, rather than as "good" members of their own species, but at the same time because of their "animalness" they also provide us with a small but critical connection to nature. In Chapter 2, I explore how Americans experience spirituality or a "sixth sense" through our pets, especially our cats. These narratives show that many Americans are somehow able to hold diametrically opposed folk beliefs about exactly the same animal: while personal family stories about cats are almost uniformly positive and feature an angelic cat hero,impersonal folktales and legends still persistently characterize cats as evil and demonic. In Chapter 3, I look at how we work out our very American obsession with bigness through telling stories about our dogs. These stories allow us opportunities to talk about the socially inappropriate issue of male body size expectations, by celebrating big dogs and "under"dogs and by ridiculing those with "little dog complex."
Cataloging source
UPB
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2005
Granting institution
Brigham Young University. Dept. of English
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
Label
"Tauser Killed Both Dogs" : and other suburban American family folklore, by Kristina Whitley Gashler
Link
http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd876
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 96-101)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
vii, 180 p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn373806395
Label
"Tauser Killed Both Dogs" : and other suburban American family folklore, by Kristina Whitley Gashler
Link
http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd876
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 96-101)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
vii, 180 p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn373806395

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