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Masculinities and Literary Studies
Intersections and New Directions

ISBN 9780367350857
Published May 21, 2019 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

As more and more work is being done in the name of the ever-growing field of study of literary representations of masculinities, it seems timely to not only review its development and main contributions to the larger field of masculinity studies, but also to look at its latest advances and new directions. These are precisely the two main aims of Masculinities and Literary Studies, which seeks to explore the conjunction between these two fields while exploring some of the latest developments and new directions resulting from such intersections.

If much of the existing masculinity scholarship has traditionally been grounded in a specific discipline, this volume also seeks to provide an innovative methodological approach to the subject of literary masculinities by proving the applicability of the latest interdisciplinary masculinity scholarship - namely, sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, ecology, etc. - to the literary analysis, thus crossing the traditional boundary between the Social Sciences and the Humanities in new and profound ways.

Presenting the latest advances in masculinity scholarship, this interdisciplinary book will appeal to gender and masculinity scholars from a wide variety of fields, including sociology and social work, psychology, philosophy, political science, and cultural and literary studies.

Table of Contents

I. Rethinking Ethnic Masculinities

The Negro Goes to War

Robert Reid-Pharr

Revisiting Masculinities from Whiteness Studies: Herman Melville’s "Benito Cereno"

Josep M Armengol

Staging Intersectionality: Beyond Gender and Race in the American theater

Barbara Ozieblo


II. Transnational Masculinities

Men Around the World: Global and Transnational Masculinities

Jeff Hearn

Transnational Legacies and Masculinity Politics in The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Aishih Wehbe


New Arab Masculinities: A Feminist Approach to Arab American Men in Post-9/11 Literature Written by Women

Marta Bosch-Vilarrubias


III. The Ages of Men

"Men Who Cry in Their Sleep": Ageing Male Hysteria in Martin Amis’ London Stories.

Lynne Segal

Negotiating Childhood and Boyhood Boundaries: Richard Linklater’s

Boyhood and Toni Morrison’s Black Boys

Mar Gallego

Fighting the Monsters Inside: Masculinity, Agency and the Ageing Gay Man in Christopher Bram’s Father of Frankenstein

Sara Martín





IV. Masculinities and Affect

Theorizing Affective Masculinities

Todd W. Reeser

Men of War: Affect, Embodiment and Western Heroic Masculinity in Dispatches and The Hurt Locker

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

V. Eco-Masculinities

The ‘Wild, Wild World’: Masculinity and the Environment in the American Literary Imagination

Stefan Brandt

Green Intersections: Caring Masculinities and the Environmental Crisis

Teresa Requena


VI. Masculinities and/in Capitalism

Masculinities and Financial Capitalism

Penny Griffin

Capitalism, Slavery, and Mask-ulinities: New Directions

David Leverenz

"To Love What Death Doesn’t Touch": Questioning Capitalist Masculinity in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Mercè Cuenca



VII. Epilogue: Masculinity Studies: New Directions

Robert Reid-Pharr, Jeff Hearn, Lynne Segal, Todd Reeser, Stefan Brandt, Michael Kimmel in conversation with the members of the research group "Constructing New Masculinities" (CNM), University of Barcelona

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Josep M. Armengol is Associate Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies. English Department, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.

Marta Bosch Vilarrubias is an assistant Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Barcelona.

Àngels Carabí is Emeritus Professor at the University of Barcelona.

Teresa Requena Pelegrí is a permanent lecturer at the Universitat de Barcelona.


What truly distinguishes the present volume from those preceding it is that instead of focusing on literary masculinities of a certain period or type, it combines multiple disciplinary perspectives and approaches to masculinities with literary analysis, resulting in a productive cross-fertilization of the social sciences and humanities.

Marlee Fuhrmann, International Journal for Masculinity Studies