Title

Revolutionary Road: Masculine Expectations of Society

Lead Author Major

English & Religious Studies

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Camille Norton

Faculty Mentor Department

English

Abstract/Artist Statement

Richard Yates’ novel Revolutionary Road examines the lives of April and Frank Wheeler, a couple crippled by the gendered social system that exists in suburban America in the post war economic boom. This presentation will focus on Frank Wheeler in particular, and the damage inflicted upon him by masculine expectations of society. His crises will be examined along with Nancy Chodorow’s theory of the “invisible father” and how that has greatly shaped the behavioral patterns that Frank demonstrates. Simone De Beauvior’s notion of the Other as seen in “The Second Sex” will assist in explaining Frank’s need to define himself in what he is not. This will lead to the juxtaposition of the male as culture and the female as nature. Overall, this paper will strive to illuminate the culturally damaging gender expectations facing Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

26-4-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

26-4-2014 12:00 PM

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Apr 26th, 9:00 AM Apr 26th, 12:00 PM

Revolutionary Road: Masculine Expectations of Society

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Richard Yates’ novel Revolutionary Road examines the lives of April and Frank Wheeler, a couple crippled by the gendered social system that exists in suburban America in the post war economic boom. This presentation will focus on Frank Wheeler in particular, and the damage inflicted upon him by masculine expectations of society. His crises will be examined along with Nancy Chodorow’s theory of the “invisible father” and how that has greatly shaped the behavioral patterns that Frank demonstrates. Simone De Beauvior’s notion of the Other as seen in “The Second Sex” will assist in explaining Frank’s need to define himself in what he is not. This will lead to the juxtaposition of the male as culture and the female as nature. Overall, this paper will strive to illuminate the culturally damaging gender expectations facing Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road.