Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John Price


Contemporary American hunting and fishing literature draws upon a tradition which, like the acts of hunting and fishing themselves, is complex and often contradictory. From the transcendentalist approach of Henry Thoreau to the adventure narrative of Dan O’Brien to the financial focus of Norman Maclean, hunting and fishing literature has evolved to encompass a rich diversity of personal, social, and literary concerns. As a writer of this literature myself, however, I have been repeatedly drawn back to several key critical issues in my own work and the work of others. Primary among these are the ways narrators and other characters negotiate the often treacherous terrain between the acts of hunting and fishing (their psychological, ethical, and physical, dimensions) and the more intimate personal relationships found in their daily lives.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2002 Jeff Kurrus.