2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Belles and Barbarians: The Difference of Gender and Class in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Jenifer L. Roesemeier
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Gender and class have always played a major role in literature. One literary work where these characteristics are particularly seen is in Tennessee William’s "A Streetcar Named Desire." In this play, Williams demonstrates how the Southern plantation aristocratic life clashes with the industrial working class, as well as how different gender roles and attitudes are portrayed. These opposing genders and classes will represent the conflict between the idealism of the past against the modern practicality, cynicism, and cruelty. My paper focuses on how gender and class shapes each character and how it impacts their attitude towards themselves, each other, and society. It will demonstrate what happens when opposing characters are forced to live together, and how it affects them socially and mentally.

Keywords: class, gender, conflict, Southern aristocracy, modern, society

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 10-3
Location: VH 1232
Time: 8:45 am

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