Homosexual Identity Development as Reflected in E. M. Forster’s Maurice: a Psychological Study

Saputro, Andy (2015) Homosexual Identity Development as Reflected in E. M. Forster’s Maurice: a Psychological Study. S1 thesis, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta.

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This research aims to identify the homosexual identity development of an Edwardian gentleman named Maurice Hall depicted in a novel entitled Maurice, and to explain how the identity development helps him confirm his sexual identity while living in a strict heteronormative and homophobic Edwardian England. To answer the objectives, this research employed the theory of homosexual identity development by Eli Coleman. This research is qualitative in nature and a descriptive-qualitative method is used to analyze the data. The main source of this research is a novel entitled Maurice by E. M. Forster. The data are some expressions related to stages of homosexual identity development undergone by Maurice Hall and the way it is represented in the novel. The data analysis was conducted through six steps: reading and re-reading, noting, identifying, classifying and categorizing, analyzing and interpreting, and making interpretation between the description of the data and the theory. To obtain trustworthiness, the researcher used peer debriefing method. The findings of this research show that there are five stages of homosexual identity development undergone by homosexuals seen through the life of Maurice Hall in his adolescence period, which are pre-coming out, coming out, exploration, first relationships and integration. The illegality of homosexuality in Edwardian England affects how Maurice surpasses each stage. The fear of being prosecuted and losing his place in society results in negative self-esteem in his early stages of identity development, indicated by serious mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts. In the more integrated identity, the self-acceptance of his homosexuality helps Maurice to be psychologically prepared in dealing with social stigmatization.

Item Type: Thesis (S1)
Uncontrolled Keywords: homosexuality, homosexual identity, identity development, Edwardian England, Maurice
Subjects: Bahasa dan Sastra > Bahasa dan Sastra Inggris
Divisions: Fakultas Bahasa, Seni dan Budaya (FBSB) > Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris > Sastra Inggris
Depositing User: Admin Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris FBS
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 10:29
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2019 21:50
URI: http://eprints.uny.ac.id/id/eprint/17787

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