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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Jeffrey S.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-08T14:06:24Z
dc.date.available2021-09-08T14:06:24Z
dc.date.issued7/1/1992
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/6485
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dc.description.abstractFrom the early traditions of Natty Bumppo and Huck Finn to the more modern images drawn from John Dos Passos and Jack Kerouac, the journey motif has long been a stable of American literature. This thesis explores the origin of the modern road hero in American culture at the turn of the twentieth century along two divergent lines. The first is the configuration of the hobo as a heroic rebel, and the second is the making of the bohemian/intellectual vagabond. The first part of this investigation, by considering a diversity of cultural forms and viewpoints, attempts to paint a broad backdrop from which more focused study may proceed. As such, disparate phenomena such as the undertone of ambiguity behind the "tramp menace," the image of the comic tramp in popular culture, and the generation and resonance of an indigenous hobo subculture will be examined coextensively. The second section grapples with the formation of the hobo as hero, beginning with the writing of Walter Wyckoff and Josiah Flynt and proceeding with the work and persona of Jack London. This is followed, in section three, by a discussion of the intellectual vagabond. Reaching back to consider the spiritual forebear of this genre, Walt Whitman, the section culminates with an exploration of Richard Hovey, Bliss Carman and the "Vagabondia" poetry. The final section addresses the consolidation of the two major images already delineated. More suggestive than comprehensive, this discussion links the germination of the modern road hero to the parallel politicization of the hobo and the bohemian/intellectual vagabond during the first two decades of the twentieth century.
dc.subject20th Century Literature
dc.subjectHobo
dc.subjectVagabond
dc.subjectRoad Hero
dc.subjectWalter Wyckoff
dc.subjectJosiah Flynt
dc.subjectJack London
dc.subjectVagabonia
dc.subjectWalt Whitman
dc.subjectRichard Hovey
dc.subjectBliss Carman
dc.titleHoboes and Vagabonds: The Cultural Construction of the American Road Hero
dc.typethesis
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-08T14:06:24Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentHistory
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Arts (MA)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleHistory Master's Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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