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

Bachelors, Manhood, and the Novel, 1850-1925

byKatherine V. Snyder

Paperback | February 5, 2009

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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.
Title:Bachelors, Manhood, and the Novel, 1850-1925Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:February 5, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521100968

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 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; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"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