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dc.contributor.authorBruce, Philip Shane
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T18:58:37Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T18:58:37Z
dc.date.issued2010-12
dc.identifier.otherbruce_philip_s_201012_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/bruce_philip_s_201012_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/26859
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores how changes occurring in the early twentieth century presented a variety of threats to the socio-cultural interpretation of maleness and masculinity, using the literary works of Thomas Mann, Christopher Isherwood, Djuna Barnes, and Virginia Woof. These threats caused a distinctive change in how masculinity could be regarded and portrayed, allowing for the consideration of a wider awareness of alternative masculinities, which had previously been disregarded. Hence, the general purpose of this work is to explore how literature written during this timeframe serves as an arena to express the tensions associated with the crises of hegemonic masculinity vis-à-vis these alternative forms. This dissertation examines four literary works from this historical moment in which the threats to the seemingly fixed concepts of masculinity and maleness are exposed. This work seeks to contribute to the scholarly discussion of masculinity, gender studies, and modernist literature by examining the rise of literary characters exhibiting forms of non-normative masculinity, a trend that becomes apparent around the turn of the twentieth century, when the seemingly traditional, heteronormative concept of masculinity begins to rupture. This investigation does not attempt to establish a definitive explanation of masculinities, but instead, uses the most commonly accepted characteristics of masculine behavior as its premise to examine those moments in early twentieth century literature where these notions of masculinity rupture and its characteristics dislodge from the traditionally masculine, male-sexed figure.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectMasculinities
dc.subjectGender Studies
dc.subjectModernism
dc.subjectThomas Mann
dc.subjectChristopher Isherwood
dc.subjectDjuna Barnes
dc.subjectVirginia Woolf
dc.titleShifting masculinities
dc.title.alternativedynamics of gender and power in modernist literature
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.majorEnglish
dc.description.advisorJed Rasula
dc.description.committeeJed Rasula
dc.description.committeeAidan Wasley
dc.description.committeeMichael Moran


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