Hypermasculinities In The Contemporary Novel

Author: Josef Benson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442237619
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Hypermasculinities In The Contemporary Novel from the Author: Josef Benson. Issues of race, gender, women’s rights, masculinity, and sexuality continue to be debated on the national scene. These subjects have also been in the forefront of American literature, particularly in the last fifty years. One significant trend in contemporary fiction has been the failure of the heroic masculine protagonist. In Hypermasculinities in the Contemporary Novel: Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, andJames Baldwin, Josef Benson examines key literary works of the twentieth century, notably Blood Meridian (1985), All the Pretty Horses (1992), Song of Solomon (1977), and Another Country (1960). Benson argues that exaggerated masculinities originated on the American frontier and have transformed into a definition of ideal masculinity embraced by many southern rural American men. Defined by violence, racism, sexism, and homophobia, these men concocted or perpetuated myths about African Americans to justify their mistreatment and mass murder of black men after Reconstruction. As Benson illustrates, the protagonists in these texts fail to perpetuate hypermasculinities, and as a result a sense of ironic heroism emerges from the narratives. Offering a unique and bold argument that connects the masculinities of cowboys and frontier figures with black males, Hypermasculinities in the Contemporary Novel suggests alternative possibilities for American men going forward. Scholars and students of American literature and culture, African American literature and culture, and queer and gender theory will find this book illuminating and persuasive.

Contemporary Black Men S Fiction And Drama

Author: Keith Clark
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252026768
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Contemporary Black Men S Fiction And Drama from the Author: Keith Clark. Demonstrating the extraordinary versatility of African-American men's writing since the 1970s, this forceful collection illustrates how African-American male novelists and playwrights have absorbed, challenged, and expanded the conventions of black American writing and, with it, black male identity.From the "John Henry Syndrome"--a definition of black masculinity based on brute strength or violence--to the submersion of black gay identity under equations of gay with white and black with straight, the African-American male in literature and drama has traditionally been characterized in ways that confine and silence him. Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama identifies the forces that limit black male discourse, including traditions established by iconic African-American male authors such as James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. This thoughtful volume also shows how contemporary black male authors use their narratives to put forward new ways of being and knowing that foster a more complete sense of self and more humane and open ways of communicating with and relating to others. In the work of Charles Johnson, Ernest Gaines, and August Wilson, contributors find paths toward broader, less rigid ideas of what black literature can be, what the connections among individual and communal resistance can be, and how black men can transcend the imprisoning models of hypermasculinity promoted by American culture. Seeking greater spiritual connection with the past, John Edgar Wideman returns to the folk rituals of his family, while Melvin Dixon and Brent Wade reclaim African roots and traditions. Ishmael Reed struggles with a contemporary cultural oppression that he sees as an insidious echo of slavery, while Clarence Major's experimental writing suggests how black men might reclaim their own voices in a culture that silences them. Taking in a wide range of critical, theoretical, cultural, gender, and sexual concerns, Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama provides provocative new readings of a broad range of contemporary writers.

China S Literary And Cultural Scenes At The Turn Of The 21st Century

Author: Jie Lu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131796974X
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China S Literary And Cultural Scenes At The Turn Of The 21st Century from the Author: Jie Lu. China’s literary and cultural production at the turn of the twenty-first century is marked by heterogeneity, plurality, and diversity. Given its complexity, the literary/cultural production of this period perhaps can be understood most productively as a response to a global modernity that has touched and transformed all aspects of contemporary Chinese reality. The eleven essays in this book offer an introduction to some of the most important works published at the turn of the twenty-first century. In combining textual analysis of specific works with theoretical insights, and in locating the texts in their sociocultural and socioeconomic contexts, the essays explore key theoretical issues and intellectual concerns of the time. They collectively draw a broad contour of new developments, major trends, and radical changes, capturing the intellectual and cultural Zeitgeist of the age. All in all, these essays offer new theoretical approaches to, and critical perspectives on, contemporary Chinese literature and culture.

Wrestling And Hypermasculinity

Author: Patrice A. Oppliger
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786416920
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Wrestling And Hypermasculinity from the Author: Patrice A. Oppliger. Professional wrestling revels in its exaggeration of masculinity. This hyper-masculinity is evident in the physical appearance of wrestlers, the sexuality-charged and violent moves used in and out of the ring, the role assigned to women and the extensive use of weapons such as chains, barbed wire and steel folding chairs. This study explores the link between watching televised wrestling matches and increases in verbal aggression, rebellion and propensity toward violence and retaliation. Wrestling is placed within the larger context of popular culture and other hyper-masculine entertainment. The book begins with a brief history of professional wrestling, a summary of the criticisms of the sport, and a discussion of the author's research methods. One chapter discusses how gender socialization plays a part in the effects of wrestling on its viewers, arguing that wrestling goes beyond the image of physically violent acts to models of interpersonal behavior. The expansion of wrestling into storylines outside the ring includes problem situations involving class, race, homophobia and nationality, to which violence is often presented as a solution. The book concludes with an investigation of the attractiveness of wrestling and its ability to lure fans back year after year.

J D Salinger S The Catcher In The Rye

Author: Josef Benson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442277955
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J D Salinger S The Catcher In The Rye from the Author: Josef Benson. The birth of a novel: Holden and Salinger: two men in the closet (a close reading) -- Catcher in the fifties: sweet sixteen and the king -- Catcher in the sixties: false profits -- Catcher in the seventies: uprisings and infiltrations -- Catcher in the eighties: law suits and murder -- Catcher in the nineties and to the present: legacies

Toxic Geek Masculinity In Media

Author: Anastasia Salter
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319660772
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Toxic Geek Masculinity In Media from the Author: Anastasia Salter. This book examines changing representations of masculinity in geek media, during a time of transition in which “geek” has not only gone mainstream but also become a more contested space than ever, with continual clashes such as Gamergate, the Rabid and Sad Puppies’ attacks on the Hugo Awards, and battles at conventions over “fake geek girls.” Anastasia Salter and Bridget Blodgett critique both gendered depictions of geeks, including shows like Chuck and The Big Bang Theory, and aspirational geek heroes, ranging from the Winchester brothers of Supernatural to BBC’s Sherlock and the varied superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through this analysis, the authors argue that toxic masculinity is deeply embedded in geek culture, and that the identity of geek as victimized other must be redefined before geek culture and media can ever become an inclusive space.

Reclaiming Adat

Author: Gaik Cheng Khoo
Publisher: NUS Press
ISBN: 9789971693381
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Reclaiming Adat from the Author: Gaik Cheng Khoo. In the early 1990s, the animist and Hindu traces in adat (Malay custom) became contentious for resurgent Islam in Malaysia. Filmmakers, intellectuals, and writers responded by deploying adat to counter the homogenizing aspects of both Islamic discourse and globalization in this period. Their revitalization project involved an emphasis on sexuality and a return to archaic forms such as magic and traditional healing. In Reclaiming Adat, Khoo Gaik Cheng uses close textual readings of literature and film, to reveal tensions between gender, modernity, and nation within these art forms.

Song Of Solomon

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448103916
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Song Of Solomon from the Author: Toni Morrison. BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED Song of Solomon begins in 1930s America with Macon Dead Jr, the son of a wealthy black property owner, who has been brought up to revere the white world. Macon learns about the tyranny of white society from his friend Guitar, though he is more concerned with escaping the familial tyranny of his own father. So while Guitar joins a terrorist group of poor blacks, Macon goes home to the South, lured by tales of buried family treasure. But his odyssey back home and a deadly confrontation with Guitar leads to the discovery of something infinitely more valuable than gold: his past and the origins of his true self. Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

The Well Of Loneliness

Author: Radclyffe Hall
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 9781840224559
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The Well Of Loneliness from the Author: Radclyffe Hall. ‘As a man loved a woman, that was how I loved…It was good, good, good…’ Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents – a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions. The Well of Loneliness was banned for obscenity when published in 1928.

Upon Further Review

Author: Michael Cocchiarale
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275980504
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Upon Further Review from the Author: Michael Cocchiarale. Examines the ways in which American fiction writers and poets have used sports figures and sporting events in order to comment on issues of race, gender, class, and nationality