No Less A Man / Edition 1

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Overview

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).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879726386
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 952,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface 5
Introduction: Popular Culture and the Emancipatory Critic 11
Pt. 1 Spenser 37
Ch. 1 The Hardboiled Hero 39
Ch. 2 The Liberal Hero 60
Ch. 3 Violence and Need 76
Ch. 4 The Missing Mother 93
Pt. 2 Rambo 107
Ch. 5 From First Blood to First Blood 109
Ch. 6 The Hurt, Betrayed Son 129
Ch. 7 Surrender 147
Pt. 3 Springsteen 163
Ch. 8 The Dark Street 166
Ch. 9 Healing the Father 187
Ch. 10 Displaced Mothers 212
Conclusion: The Hero Myth 249
Notes 263
Works Cited 297
Index 307
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