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Bachelors, Manhood, and the Novel, 1850-1925 - Katherine V. Snyder

Bachelors, Manhood, and the Novel, 1850-1925

Hardcover Published: 16th April 2015
ISBN: 9780521650465
Number Of Pages: 296

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Katherine Snyder's study explores the significance of the bachelor narrator, a prevalent but little recognized figure in premodernist and modernist fiction by male authors, including Hawthorne, James, Conrad, Ford, and Fitzgerald. Snyder demonstrates that bachelors functioned in cultural and literary discourse as threshold figures who, by crossing the shifting, permeable boundaries of bourgeois domesticity, highlighted the limits of conventional masculinity. The very marginality of the figure, Snyder argues, effects a critique of gendered norms of manhood, while the symbolic function of marriage as a means of plot resolution is also made more complex by the presence of the single man. Bachelor figures made, moreover, an ideal narrative device for male authors who themselves occupied vexed cultural positions. By attending to the gendered identities and relations at issue in these narratives, Snyder's study discloses the aesthetic and political underpinnings of the traditional canon of English and American male modernism.

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"Snyder is a subtle and exacting reader, whose analysis offers a newly emphatic and sustained gendering of familiar structures of modernist narration." Journal of English and Germanic Philology

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ISBN: 9780521650465
ISBN-10: 0521650461
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 16th April 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.54