Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis [NOOK Book]

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White men still hold most of the political and economic cards in the United States; yet stories about wounded and traumatized men dominate popular culture. Why are white men jumping on the victim bandwagon? Examining novels by Philip Roth, John Updike, James Dickey, John Irving, and Pat Conroy and such films as Deliverance, Misery, and Dead Poets Society—as well as other writings, including The Closing of the American Mind—Sally Robinson argues that white men are tempted by the possibilities of pain and the ...
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Overview


White men still hold most of the political and economic cards in the United States; yet stories about wounded and traumatized men dominate popular culture. Why are white men jumping on the victim bandwagon? Examining novels by Philip Roth, John Updike, James Dickey, John Irving, and Pat Conroy and such films as Deliverance, Misery, and Dead Poets Society—as well as other writings, including The Closing of the American Mind—Sally Robinson argues that white men are tempted by the possibilities of pain and the surprisingly pleasurable tensions that come from living in crisis.
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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Analyzes reconstructions of white masculinity within mainstream America during the 1960s through 1980s. Material is organized around political, academic, cultural, emotional, and sexual sites of crisis to chart a movement from the political to the personal which characterized the period. Locates the birth of the crisis in white masculinity in the "discovery" of Middle America following the 1968 election of Richard Nixon, then examines the work of authors including John Updike, Philip Roth, John Irving, and Stephen King. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Women's Review of Books - Judith Kegan Gardiner
Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis is an intelligent, wide-ranging, clearly argued and thoroughly femnist book about the shifting meanings of dominant masculinity in American culture....Robinson makes appropriate but not heavy-handed use of other theorists and literary critics, often developing their insights in original directions....Robinson is an astute critic of cultural images.
San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review - Jonathon Keats
White men have it all, except the hardship of having to live in a world dominated by white men. Sally Robinson argues, with shocking originality... that they now want that too: Through victimization, we find the tensions that make us most alive.
The Women's Review of Books
Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis is an intelligent, wide-ranging, clearly argued and thoroughly femnist book about the shifting meanings of dominant masculinity in American culture....Robinson makes appropriate but not heavy-handed use of other theorists and literary critics, often developing their insights in original directions....Robinson is an astute critic of cultural images.

— Judith Kegan Gardiner

San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review
White men have it all, except the hardship of having to live in a world dominated by white men. Sally Robinson argues, with shocking originality... that they now want that too: Through victimization, we find the tensions that make us most alive.

— Jonathon Keats

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231500364
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Sally Robinson is associate professor of English at Texas A& M University and the author of Engendering the Subject: Gender and Self-Representation in Contemporary Women's Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Visibility, Crisis, and the Wounded White Male Body 1
1 Marking Men, Embodying America: John Updike and the Reconstruction of Middle American Masculinity 23
2 Pale Males, Dead Poets, and the Crisis in White Masculinity: Scenes from the Culture Wars 52
3 Traumas of Embodiment: White Male Authorship in Crisis 87
4 Masculinity as Emotional Constipation: Men's Liberation and the Wounds of Patriarchal Power 128
5 Expression, Repression, and Male Hysteria: Marked Men and the Wounds of a Dammed Masculinity 153
Notes 193
Bibliography 243
Index 261
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