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Phallic Critiques (Routledge Revivals)
Masculinity and Twentieth-Century Literature

ISBN 9781138830196
Published April 7, 2016 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Phallic Critiques, first published in 1984, is a study of ‘masculine’ styles of writing in the twentieth century – an age, according to Virginia Woolf, when ‘virility has become self-conscious’. Writers who carry macho values to their extreme often subscribe to the popular feeling that writing is an effeminate activity for a real man to be engaged in. Consequently they attempt to forge ‘masculine’ style of writing in an effort to redeem language from its sexually suspect nature. These styles reveal much about the ambiguous and paradoxical attitudes of men towards their own masculine role.

Peter Schwenger demonstrates the international nature of ‘masculine’ styles. His study ranges from such American authors as Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway and Philip Roth, to figures like Yukio Mishima, Alberto Moravia and Michel Leiris. This book should be of interest to students of literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;  Introduction;  1. The language of men  2. Reserve and its reverse  3. The cult of the body  4. The pen and the penis  5. The novel as a dirty joke  6. A fabled hunting  7. Supermale  8. The terrain of truth;  Afterword;  Notes;  Index

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