No Less A Man / Edition 1

No Less A Man / Edition 1

by Douglas Robinson
     
 

Robert B. Parker's detective Spenser. John Rambo, created by David Morrell and played on the silver screen by Sylvester Stallone. Bruce Springsteen. All three, Douglas Robinson claims, are central figures in a new form of popular men’s art: art that explores what it means to be a man in a feminist age. Robinson develops a three-stage transformation myth

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Robert B. Parker's detective Spenser. John Rambo, created by David Morrell and played on the silver screen by Sylvester Stallone. Bruce Springsteen. All three, Douglas Robinson claims, are central figures in a new form of popular men’s art: art that explores what it means to be a man in a feminist age. Robinson develops a three-stage transformation myth out of Joseph Campbell’s studies of hero mythology: the road of trials, on which repressive “normality” is tested and found lacking (Spenser); a symbolic death in which defensive rational ego-structures are surrendered (the Rambo of First Blood); and regeneration and return, the gradual rebirth of masculinity in a redemptive transformation (Springsteen).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879726386
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword1
Preface5
Introduction: Popular Culture and the Emancipatory Critic11
Pt. 1Spenser37
Ch. 1The Hardboiled Hero39
Ch. 2The Liberal Hero60
Ch. 3Violence and Need76
Ch. 4The Missing Mother93
Pt. 2Rambo107
Ch. 5From First Blood to First Blood109
Ch. 6The Hurt, Betrayed Son129
Ch. 7Surrender147
Pt. 3Springsteen163
Ch. 8The Dark Street166
Ch. 9Healing the Father187
Ch. 10Displaced Mothers212
Conclusion: The Hero Myth249
Notes263
Works Cited297
Index307

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