Abstract

This thesis investigates the impact of the intersection of physical disabilities and mental health conditions on the masculine identities presented in modernist texts. Here, I analyze a collection of works by Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, Claude McKay, and Wilfred Owen. Utilizing a combination of theoretical approaches: trauma theory, gender and sexuality studies, narratology, disability studies, and insights from the medical humanities, I revisit well-known novels like The Sun Also Rises and Lady Chatterley's Lover and illuminate lesser-studied works like "A Natural History of the Dead" and the recently published Romance in Marseille. I recognize here the psychosocial struggles faced by wounded and shell-shocked veterans after WWI, the alterity experienced by transnationally migratory men of color in the interwar period, and reflect on the authors' mediation of their own experiences through writing. By integrating historical and biographical accounts, medical texts, and literary criticism in this thesis, I hope to present fresh perspectives on masculinist Modern fiction.

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Graduation Date

2021

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Bishop, Louise Kane

Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

English

Degree Program

English; Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008542; DP0024218

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0024218

Language

English

Release Date

5-15-2024

Length of Campus-only Access

3 years

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)

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