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Clubs, secret societies and male quest romance


2002 2002

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Abstract (summary)

The psychological realm in which late nineteenth century male romance takes place is not simply an anarchic land liberated from the conventional constraints of Victorian morality. Rather it is a complex male space that reflects the dynamics, protocols and contradictions of nineteenth century middle-class masculine relations as embodied in male fraternal associations such as public schools, secret societies, and the clubland of London's West End. A historical survey of London clubs and secret societies demonstrates the characteristics and social function of these institutions in defining and sustaining prevailing models of masculinity. An examination of Rudyard Kipling's Kim in relation to Masonic symbolism and initiation rites shows the didactic role of boys' fiction in transmitting and sustaining the imperial masculine ideology. A reading of H. Rider Haggard's African novels demonstrates the dynamics of idealized middle-class fraternal relations. Finally, an analysis of Bram Stoker's novels illustrates issues of male communities in dealing with alien others. In an environment in which men perceived an increasing threat from outside social forces, the network of fraternal associations, quest romance and masculine ideologies created a dynamic that illuminates a more complex reading of the culture and literature of the genre.

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Subject
British and Irish literature
Classification
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics, Bram Stoker, Clubs, H. Rider Haggard, Haggard, H. Rider, Ireland, Kipling, Rudyard, Male quest romance, Rudyard Kipling, Secret societies, Stoker, Bram, Victorian
Title
Clubs, secret societies and male quest romance
Author
Greene, Thomas Michael
Number of pages
167
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 63/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493709871, 0493709878
Advisor
Farrell, Kirby
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3056232
ProQuest document ID
275619871
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/275619871
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