You Can't Be a Lady without Money: American Modernism in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind

dc.contributor.advisor Brantley, Dr. William en_US Ledbetter, Emily Nicole en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Dubek, Dr. Laura en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US 2015-08-25T14:34:45Z 2015-08-25T14:34:45Z 2015-06-13 en_US
dc.description.abstract Scarlett O’Hara is not remembered as a symbol of American modernism. Since its publication in 1936, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind has been dismissed as historical romance with little literary value. This perception may be a testament to Mitchell's private nature and her desire to remain in the good graces of Southern society. Yet beneath Mitchell's melodramatic depiction of the South's collapse lies the story of a woman caught between two ages and forced to reckon with modern, chaotic circumstances that include rapacious consumerism and gender role reversals. Mitchell employs her own mythical method to align her narrative with Norse mythology, including Ragnark, and to link her contemporary experience of the Great Depression with the collapse of the antebellum South and the destruction of an ancient world. Scarlett O'Hara emerges as a capitalist force with dynastic ambitions that mirror those of another hallmark modernist character: Thomas Sutpen of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, which was also published in 1936. Through Scarlett, Mitchell explores her region's rigidly guarded yet evolving gender roles and presents a modern woman as heir to a new South. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject American Literature en_US
dc.subject Gender roles en_US
dc.subject Margaret Mitchell en_US
dc.subject Modernism en_US
dc.subject Mythical method en_US
dc.subject Southern Literature en_US
dc.subject.umi American literature en_US
dc.subject.umi Modern literature en_US
dc.subject.umi Literature en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title You Can't Be a Lady without Money: American Modernism in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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