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Bachelors, Manhood, and the Novel, 1850–1925

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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100960

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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. 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 modernism.

    • Wide range of English and American canonical authors
    • Original theme, brings together theories of feminism and masculinity
    • Combines nineteenth-century and modernist periods
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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100960
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Trouble in paradise: bachelors and bourgeois domesticity:
    2. Sickness and the single man: sympathy, vicariousness, and the bachelor invalid in James and Brontë
    3. 'An artist and a bachelor': Henry James, discipleship, and mastering the life of art
    4. 'A way of looking on': male feminism and male fetishism in Conrad's Under Western Eyes
    5. 'The necessary melancholy of bachelors': melancholy, manhood and modernist narrative in Conrad, Ford and Fitzgerald

  • Author

    Katherine V. Snyder, University of California, Berkeley

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