Twisted Steel & Sex Appeal: Sputnik Monroe
Date of Award
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Master of Fine Arts
This literary biography is on a 1950s Memphis wrestler, Sputnik Monroe, a white man who desegregated the wrestling auditoriums in Memphis, the first thing to be desegregated in the city before schools, buses or cafes. The nonfiction novel chronicles the antihero's humble rise from the dust storms of the Great Depression to his carnival days to his decision to take a stance in Memphis, which would ultimately be his triumph and his downfall personally and professionally. Monroe's story is important on its own as one that highlights a colorful, contradictory and flawed protagonist, but also because his experiences mirror the growing pains of Memphis as it struggles too with its identity as a city. Monroe's story is a uniquely American one and fits within a larger national context.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hoover, Sara Marie, "Twisted Steel & Sex Appeal: Sputnik Monroe" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2298.