The body remains the most visibly gendered social and cultural construction. Not only does it classify individuals into two different sexes from the very start of their lives, but some of the most obvious social divisions – such as race and nationality, age and physical appearance, religion, or class – are also written on the body. Although most studies have focused on women’s bodies, the present volume seeks to explore both the construction and deconstruction of the male body in and through U.S. culture and literature from the early twentieth century up to the present. In so doing, this book illustrates not only the changing nature of the male body but also its recurrent use as a political weapon throughout U.S. cultural and literary history. Embodying Masculinities sketches the first history of the male body in modern U.S. culture and literature. The book will be of interest to scholars in the fields of gender and masculinity studies as well as those in American studies.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||Masculinity Studies Series: Literary and Cultural Representations , #3|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Josep M. Armengol received his PhD in English from the University of Barcelona. He is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. A renowned masculinity scholar, he has published in prestigious academic journals such as Signs, the Hemingway Review, and Men and Masculinities. His books include Debating Masculinity; Richard Ford and the Fiction of Masculinities (Lang, 2010; winner of the 2010 literary scholarship prize of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies); Men in Color: Racialized Masculinities in U.S. Literature and Cinema; and Queering Iberia: Iberian Masculinities at the Margins (Lang, 2012). He is an international advisory editor for the journal Men and Masculinities and is working on a book on African American masculinities.
Table of Contents
Contents: Josep M. Armengol: Towards a History of the Male Body in U.S. Culture and Literature: An Introduction – Teresa Requena-Pelegrí: The Complete Body of Modernity in the 1920s: Negotiating Hegemonic and Subordinated Masculinities in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises – Josep M. Armengol: Embodying the Depression: Male Bodies in 1930s American Culture and Literature – Mercè Cuenca: Invisibilizing the Male Body: Exploring the Incorporeality of Masculinity in 1950s American Culture – Esther Zaplana: Breaking the Mold: Male Rock Performance, Glam, and the (Re-)Imagination of the Male Body in the 1960s and 1970s – Ángel Mateos-Aparicio: The Cyborg and the Representation of Masculinity and Femininity in the American Science Fiction Literature and Film of the 1980s – Amaya Fernández-Menicucci: Action and Reaction: The Villain’s Body and Its Role in Shaping the Heroic Body in Hollywood Action Films of the 1990s – Sara Martín: Leonidas’s New Body: The Failed Hyper-Masculinization of the Hero in Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s Graphic Novel 300 (1998) and Its 2006 Film Adaptation – María Isabel Seguro: Voicing the Father’s Body in Janice Mirikitani’s Asian American Poetry – Marta Bosch-Vilarrubias: Contemporary Terrorist Bodies: The (De-)Construction of Arab Masculinities in the United States.