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postgraduate thesis: The silver cord is cut, and the golden bowl is broken : masculinity crisis and transcendence in Tender is the night and Brideshead revisited

TitleThe silver cord is cut, and the golden bowl is broken : masculinity crisis and transcendence in Tender is the night and Brideshead revisited
Authors
Issue Date2019
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Chung, W. Y. [鍾慧儀]. (2019). The silver cord is cut, and the golden bowl is broken : masculinity crisis and transcendence in Tender is the night and Brideshead revisited. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
AbstractThis dissertation studies two novels Tender is the Night and Brideshead Revisited set against mid and early 20th century British and American upper-class societies respectively. My theme is how male protagonists in both novels face a crisis in masculinity, that is occasioned by socio-political/ economic shifts that took place in these eras in the last century. My topic is the different representations of masculinity in crisis and the subsequent portrayal of transcendence in the two radically changing societies. I seek to study how common themes are illustrated in both novels: the rise of capitalism, the decline of the aristocracy , gender identities in flux . This project focuses on three questions: How does the British aristocracy deal with their loss of political and economic power and how does it affect their sense of masculinity? How does the ideal of the traditional American self-made man clash with the pressures and consumption brought about by capitalism in early 20th century? How do elite men in these societies handle these challenges? My thesis seeks to show how the male protagonists in these novels turn to religion and professional ethics respectively to transcend their struggles against their manhood. This project ends with the conclusion that not only do these male protagonists overcome such struggles of manhood, they have turned to better ways of life by “ transcending” the problematic masculine ideals in their societies.
DegreeMaster of Arts
SubjectMasculinity in literature
Transcendence (Philosophy) in literature
Dept/ProgramEnglish Studies
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/279872

 

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dc.contributor.authorChung, Wai Yee-
dc.contributor.author鍾慧儀-
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-11T06:48:22Z-
dc.date.available2019-12-11T06:48:22Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationChung, W. Y. [鍾慧儀]. (2019). The silver cord is cut, and the golden bowl is broken : masculinity crisis and transcendence in Tender is the night and Brideshead revisited. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/279872-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation studies two novels Tender is the Night and Brideshead Revisited set against mid and early 20th century British and American upper-class societies respectively. My theme is how male protagonists in both novels face a crisis in masculinity, that is occasioned by socio-political/ economic shifts that took place in these eras in the last century. My topic is the different representations of masculinity in crisis and the subsequent portrayal of transcendence in the two radically changing societies. I seek to study how common themes are illustrated in both novels: the rise of capitalism, the decline of the aristocracy , gender identities in flux . This project focuses on three questions: How does the British aristocracy deal with their loss of political and economic power and how does it affect their sense of masculinity? How does the ideal of the traditional American self-made man clash with the pressures and consumption brought about by capitalism in early 20th century? How do elite men in these societies handle these challenges? My thesis seeks to show how the male protagonists in these novels turn to religion and professional ethics respectively to transcend their struggles against their manhood. This project ends with the conclusion that not only do these male protagonists overcome such struggles of manhood, they have turned to better ways of life by “ transcending” the problematic masculine ideals in their societies. -
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subject.lcshMasculinity in literature-
dc.subject.lcshTranscendence (Philosophy) in literature-
dc.titleThe silver cord is cut, and the golden bowl is broken : masculinity crisis and transcendence in Tender is the night and Brideshead revisited-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineEnglish Studies-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2019-
dc.identifier.mmsid991044166180203414-

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