A "Mighty World-Force": Wheat as Natural Corrective in Norris
This article explores the questions of force or power of worldly traction in Frank Norris's novels "The Octopus" and "The Pit." It argues that Norris uses the agricultural staple crop, wheat, as a force of nature acting against human forces such as capitalism. It discusses the link between Norris's own biography and the histories of both wheat and U.S. imperialism.
Dolan, Kathryn. "A "Mighty World-Force": Wheat as Natural Corrective in Norris." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2012): 295-316.
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