The “Silent Crazy Jungle Under Glass”: Limited Women in Four Works by Carson McCullers

The term “glass ceiling” was first used in the latter half of the twentieth century. Mid-Twentieth century author Carson McCullers began noticing the glass ceiling before the term was coined. She uses the phrase “silent crazy jungle under glass ” which suggests an over-arching theme that McCullers’s female protagonists face. The phrase can also refer to a universal condition of womanhood in twentieth century American society. Though the term “glass ceiling” was not a part of the everyday language of McCullers, she recognized the predicament of women across the nation.

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3:50pm to 4:55pm
Maplewood B

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25 minute presentation

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Discipline-specific Presentations