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Forter, Greg
Gender, race, and mourning in American modernism / Greg Forter
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PS310.M57 F67 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Modernism (Literature) -- United States
Gender identity in literature
Race in literature
Grief in literature
Physical Description vii, 217 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 194-213) and index
Contents Introduction -- 1. Gender, melancholy, and the whiteness of impersonal form in The Great Gatsby -- 2. Redeeming violence in The Sun Also Rises: phallic embodiment, primitive ritual, fetishistic melancholia -- 3. Versions of traumatic melancholia: the burden of white man's history in Light in August and Absalom, Absalom! -- 4. The Professor's House: primitivist melancholy and the gender of Utopian forms
Summary "American modernist writers' engagement with changing ideas of gender and race often took the form of a struggle against increasingly inflexible categories. Greg Forter interprets modernism as an effort to mourn a form of white manhood that fused the 'masculine' with the 'feminine'. He argues that modernists were engaged in a poignant yet deeply conflicted effort to hold on to socially 'feminine' and racially marked aspects of identity, qualities that the new social order encouraged them to disparage. Examining works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Willa Cather, Forter shows how these writers shared an ambivalence toward the feminine and an unease over existing racial categories that made it difficult for them to work through the loss of the masculinity they mourned. Gender, Race, and Mourning in American Modernism offers a bold new reading of canonical modernism in the United States"-- Provided by publisher

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