Date of Award

Spring 1954

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Pitou, Spisz

Second Advisor

Gauthier, Paul

Third Advisor

Rousseau, Laurie


The original purpose of this thesis was to make a critical study of Luc Estang and his position among contemporary Catholic novelists, as seen through his trilogy, Charges d'ames. To date, les Stigmates and Cherchant qui devorer have been published. Originally the third novel of the trilogy was to come out in the first few months of this year. However, for commercial reasons, the publication of les Fontaines d'abime has been delayed until the spring of 1954. This necessitates a slight change in the province of this thesis. It will be an expository study of les Stigmates and Cherchant qui devorer. For the plots, characters, style, setting and documentation, only these two works will be considered. For the chapter on thought, other works by the same author and also works of such novelists as Mauriac, Bernanos, Greene and Wagh will be used to supplement the two works studied. This analysis inspires many questions but not the final answers. The author of this essay hopes that Luc Estang's relationship to and his place among the authors of the Catholic Revival have been appraised to a degree that will prove enlightening.



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