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The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture

Edited by: Lydia R. Cooper

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367520083
eBook ISBN: 9780367520090
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Recently, the U.S. has seen a rise in misogynistic and race-based violence perpetrated by men expressing a sense of grievance, from "incels" to alt-right activists. Grounding sociological, historical, political, and economic analyses of masculinity through the lens of cultural narratives in many forms and expressions, The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture suggests that how we examine the stories that shape us in turn shapes our understanding of our current reality and gives us language for imagining better futures.

Masculinity is more than a description of traits associated with particular performances of gender. It is more than a study of gender and social power. It is an examination of the ways in which gender affects our capacity to engage ethically with each other in complex human societies. This volume offers essays from a range of established, global experts in American masculinity as well as new and upcoming scholars in order to explore not just what masculinity once meant, has come to mean, and may mean in the future in the U.S.; it also articulates what is at stake with our conceptions of masculinity.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Studying Masculinities in/Through U.S. Literature: Origins, Development, and Future Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Masculinities in Early America Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Marrow of White Supremacy: Problematic White Masculinity in Charles W.  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A Crisis in (Female) Masculinity: My Ántonia & the Imaginative Recreation of the Western Frontier Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Boy, One Day You'll Be a Man: Adolescent Masculinity in Post-War American Culture Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Lighting Out for the Territories: Ecomasculinities in U.S. American Literature Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Queer(y)ing Masculinities: Revisited Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Heterostalgia: The Logic of Antifeminism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Hideous Men: David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews in Hindsight Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Dominance-Based Man Box Culture and White Supremacy Download PDF
Chapter  11:  When the Sun Sets in the East: American Manhood and War Since Vietnam Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The U.S. Army “Warrior” and Military Masculinity: The Army Recruiting Campaigns and Evolving “Warrior” Download PDF
Chapter  13:  From Toxic Fantasy to Political Satire: Masculinity in Chuck Palahniuk's Post-Fight Club Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Frame Thy Fearful Masculinity: Locating a Queer Masculinity in Marvel's The Punisher  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Men Playing Together: New Masculinities, Sport, and Contemporary Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  16:  “To Work Without Stopping”: Masculinity and the Midwestern Farm Novel Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Outlaw America: The Legacy of Jesse James and Ron Hansen's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Counter-Masculine Drive in Contemporary Reimaginations of the American Road-Trip Narrative Download PDF
Chapter  19:  A Poetics of Refusal: Queer Indigenous Masculinity in Tommy  Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Negotiating the Intersections of Masculinity, Disability, and Normative Gender Roles in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands: The Tragedy of the Self-Made Man Download PDF
Chapter  21:  An Empathetic Art: Renwen仁文Masculinity in Asian American Literature Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Inspiration Porn, Reclamation Porn: A View of Crip Masculinity and Micro-celebrity Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Father Figures and New Masculinities in Contemporary U.S. Literature: Hegemonic and Counter-hegemonic Strategies of Paternal Representation Download PDF
Chapter  24:  “I'm making up for all those years when I didn't even know I had a cock”: Toxic Masculinity in Gay Erotic Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Inverting the Gaze: White Male Terror in Film Since Classic Hollywood Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Erasure of Asexuality: Sheldon's Masculinity in The Big Bang Theory  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Fetishization of Female Masculinity in She-Hulk, Big Barda and The Mighty Thor Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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