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Two drunk ladies : the modernist drunk narrative and the female alcoholic in the fiction of Jean Rhys and Jane Bowles

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dc.contributor.author Grizenko, Marisa Katherine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-14T19:21:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-14T19:21:39Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en
dc.date.issued 2012-11-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43579
dc.description.abstract This thesis takes as its starting point the culturally potent figure of the alcoholic modernist, who, heroically facing existential despair, is predominantly gendered as male. Pointing to the absence of the female alcoholic as writer and subject in critical accounts of modernism, I argue that a drunk narrative, written by and about women, exists alongside the prototypical male narrative, and call for a re-examination of the modernist writer‘s relationship to alcohol. Exploring the historical and cultural contexts that have contributed to the gendering of alcoholism and drinking practices in general, as well as the gendering of the modernist artist in particular, I then consider how writers Jean Rhys and Jane Bowles articulate their vision of the drinking woman. Rhys‘s 1939 novel Good Morning, Midnight sees protagonist Sasha Jansen employing the discursive category of female drunk as a tool of resistance in Paris‘ patriarchal and capitalist urban economy. I situate her as tactically capitalizing, in a de Certeauan fashion, on her abjection and visibility. Bowles‘s 1943 novel Two Serious Ladies extends Sasha‘s individual drunkenness to an overarching, abstracted drunkenness that reflects the worldview of the text. I trace how drunkenness functions thematically and linguistically in the two female protagonists‘ existential quests. While identifying existing gaps in the scholarship, I also hope to gesture to rich areas of potential research and model a reading practice that explores female interventions in the male modernist drunk narrative. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher University of British Columbia en
dc.relation.ispartof Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+ en
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
dc.title Two drunk ladies : the modernist drunk narrative and the female alcoholic in the fiction of Jean Rhys and Jane Bowles en
dc.type Text en
dc.degree.name Master of Arts - MA en
dc.degree.discipline English en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia en
dc.date.graduation 2013-05 en
dc.type.text Thesis/Dissertation en
dc.description.affiliation Arts, Faculty of
dc.degree.campus UBCV en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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