College of Arts and Sciences
Male identity, childhood, Postmodern, fiction
Fiction | History of Gender | Poetry | United States History
Cox, Margaret, "And They Shall Be Men: An Original Anthology & Analysis of the Modern Male Bildungsroman" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 927.
The stories that boys have been told about what it means to be a man change throughout history. This study considers the postmodern effect of masculinities, female empowerment, as well as the canon of Western bildungsroman in an attempt to understand how the narratives have changed over the past 50 years. Additionally, an anthology of original fiction illustrates how universal stories persist within the changing social narratives.