Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides is widely considered a cult-classic novel. However, the text reveals much deeper concepts that at first may miss the eye. The first-person plural narration of the male narrators unveils a regressive nostalgia where they cannot move on from the suicides of the Lisbon sisters, which occurred in the 1970s, twenty years prior. This paper describes the gendered relationship between the present day of the novel, the 1990s, as a male possessiveness over the 1970s as a female past.
Vuillaume, Gabrielle, "Men Will Be Boys: Regressive Nostalgia in The Virgin Suicides" (2021). English Honors Theses. 53.