Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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In order to flesh out obscured meanings of Death of a Man, one must understand the political and social milieu between 1917-1936 in America and Europe. Incorporating a new historicist approach, this paper considers the social and political warnings contained in Boyle's Death of a Man. That American critics rejected Boyle's novel is evidence of American biases toward Europe during a period of American isolationism. The novel itself confronts European attitudes that in many cases were the result of The Treaty of Versailles and that led to World War II. Viewing Boyle's novel as a piece of Gothic writing overlaid with modernist technique enables us to see the novel in a different light. Considering the historical period, I analyze reasons scholars have misunderstood the novel. Furthermore, I ask that Death of a Man's importance be reconsidered in terms of Boyle's canon as well as the modernist canon as a whole.
Analogues; Boyle; Death; Gothic; Kay; Man; Modernist; Perspectives; Political; Reality
Literature, Modern; American literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Minardi, Cara A, "Gothic analogues in Kay Boyle's Death of a Man: Modernist perspective and political reality" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1786.