Haas Scholars

Joshua Gentry

Connection Through Circumvention: How Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms Defied the McCarthy Era Through the Use of Allegory

Joshua’s research aims to explore how an author can communicate authentically about the experiences of their culture in order to accurately represent it when said culture has been deemed unworthy of representation by the governing powers of their society. His avenue of exploration will be through Truman Capote’s use of allegory in his debut novel Other Voices, Other Rooms. This research will explore how Capote circumvented the stringent censorship of Queer narratives during the Joseph McCarthy-led “Lavender Scare” era of the Cold War. Joshua’s research will be aided by visiting the vast Capote archive collection at the NYC Public Library. He hopes to add to the conversation of how marginalized communities can gain invaluable representation through literature despite the presence of oppressive, institutionally led censorship.

  • Major: English
  • Mentor: Kevin Goodman, English