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Dangerous Masculinities: Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence
     

Dangerous Masculinities: Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence

by Thomas Strychacz
 

In Dangerous Masculinities, Thomas Strychacz has as his goal nothing less than to turn scholarship on gender and modernism on its head. He focuses on the way some early twentieth-century writers portray masculinity as theatrical performance, and examines why scholars have generally overlooked that fact.
 
Strychacz argues that writers such as

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In Dangerous Masculinities, Thomas Strychacz has as his goal nothing less than to turn scholarship on gender and modernism on its head. He focuses on the way some early twentieth-century writers portray masculinity as theatrical performance, and examines why scholars have generally overlooked that fact.
 
Strychacz argues that writers such as Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence--often viewed as misogynist--actually represented masculinity in their works in terms of theatrical and rhetorical performances. They are theatrical in the sense that male characters keep staging themselves in competitive displays; rhetorical in the sense that these characters, and the very narrative form of the works in which they appear, render masculinity a kind of persuasive argument readers can and should debate.
 
Perhaps most interesting is Strychacz's contention that scholarship has obscured the fact that often these writers were quite critical of masculinity. Writing with a clarity and scope that allows him to both invoke the Schwarzeneggarian "girly man" and borrow from the theories of Judith Butler and Bertolt Brecht, he fashions a critical method with which to explore the ways in which scholars gender texts by the very act of reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813031613
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Strychacz, professor of English at Mills College, is the author of Modernism, Mass Culture, and Professionalism and Hemingway's Theaters of Masculinity.

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