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By Katherine V. Snyder

Katherine Snyder's learn explores the importance of the bachelor narrator, a ordinary yet little-recognised determine in premodernist and modernist fiction via male authors, together with Hawthorne, James, Conrad, Ford and Fitzgerald. Snyder demonstrates that bachelors functioned in cultural and literary discourse as threshold figures who, by way of crossing the moving, permeable limitations of bourgeois domesticity, highlighted the boundaries of traditional masculinity. The very marginality of the determine, Snyder argues, results a critique of gendered norms of manhood, whereas the symbolic functionality of marriage as a method of plot answer is usually made extra complicated via the presence of the one guy. Bachelor figures made, additionally, an amazing narrative equipment for male authors who themselves occupied vexed cultural positions. via getting to the gendered identities and relatives at factor in those narratives, Snyder's research discloses the cultured and political underpinnings of the conventional canon of English and American male modernism.

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