Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis posits a queer reading of John Williams’ Stoner; in doing so, it employs close textual analysis and draws from various queer theoretical thinkers, including Eve Sedgwick, Jack Halberstam, and Lee Edelman. The overlapping field of disability studies also features heavily, specifically concerning the characters Charles Walker and Hollis Lomax. The thesis argues that Stoner can be read as a covertly queer love plot between the novel’s protagonist (William Stoner) and his academic rival (Hollis Lomax), with Sedgwick’s Between Men providing the most critical theoretical foundation for this argument and my own close readings of certain key textual moments constituting the evidential bulk of this argument.
Ashe, Alice Rachel, "The Queer Plot of Stoner: Covert Homoeroticism in John Williams' Cult Academic Novel." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2023.
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