Awkward illumination : identity and ideology in fin de siècle America
Parrish, Melissa Nohelani.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. This study will address the lure of individuality in Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Ware and Kate Chopin's The Awakening. As Bert Bender suggests in The Descent of Love, there were significant tensions in the late nineteenth century in America between Darwin's beliefs about natural desire and sexual selection non one hand, and the sustained effort to create a stable, values-based culture amid a growing commodity-centric America on the other. But where does the element of choice figure in these "failed" transformations? As William Bartley argues in "The future of The Awakening," imagined futures are neither predetermined nor wholly independent from social constraint. In this thesis, I discuss some of the emotional, psychological, and ideological factors that influence the desire to act boldly outside of the cultural spectrum and the American mantra of "liberal obedience." Is the creation of a tortured nonconformist--an unfortunate visionary at best, a dangerous narcissist at worst--an inevitable product in a stratified cultural dynamic in America and if so, is it a productive indicator of change or a grotesque, abject impurity? What roles did such uncomfortable protagonists play in the re-evaluation and re-shaping of American culture--and what role does the apparent collapsing of categories play in redefining turn-of-the-century American-ness?
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