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The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture

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Lydia R. Cooper



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Recently, the U.S. has seen a rise in misogynistic and race-based violence perpetrated by men expressing a sense of grievance, from "incels" to alt-right activists. Grounding sociological, historical, political, and economic analyses of masculinity through the lens of cultural narratives in many forms and expressions, The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture suggests that how we examine the stories that shape us in turn shapes our understanding of our current reality and gives us language for imagining better futures.

Masculinity is more than a description of traits associated with particular performances of gender. It is more than a study of gender and social power. It is an examination of the ways in which gender affects our capacity to engage ethically with each other in complex human societies. This volume offers essays from a range of established, global experts in American masculinity to new and upcoming scholars in order to explore not just what masculinity has meant, has come to mean, and may mean in the future in the U.S.; it also articulates what is at stake with our conceptions of masculinity.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Lydia R. Cooper

 

Part One

A Literary and Cultural History of American Masculinity

 

Chapter 1

Studying Masculinities in/through U.S. Literature: Origins, Development, and Future

Josep M. Armengol

 

Chapter 2

Masculinities in Early America

Eran Zelnik

 

Chapter 3

The Marrow of White Supremacy: Problematic White Masculinity in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition

Hyoseol Ha

 

Chapter 4

A Crisis in (Female) Masculinity: My Ántonia & the Imaginative Recreation of the Western Frontier

Rachel Warner

 

Chapter 5

Boy, One Day You’ll Be a Man: Adolescent Masculinity in Post-War American Culture

Angelica De Vido

 

Chapter 6

Lighting Out for the Territories: Ecomasculinities in U.S. American Literature

Stefan L. Brandt

 

Part Two

Current Crises and New Directions

 

Chapter 7

"Queer(y)ing Masculinities: Revisited"

Bryant Keith Alexander

 

Chapter 8

Heterostalgia: The Logic of Antifeminism

Michael Mayne

 

Chapter 9

Hideous Men

Erin Spampinato

 

Chapter 10

Dominance-Based Man Box Culture and White Supremacy

Mark Greene

 

Part Three

War, Violence, and American Masculinity

 

Chapter 11

When the Sun Sets in the East: American Manhood and War Since Vietnam

Ty Hawkins

 

Chapter 12

The US Army "Warrior" and Military Masculinity: The Army Recruiting Campaigns and Evolving "Warrior"

Hyunyoung Moon

 

Chapter 13

From Toxic Fantasy to Political Satire: Masculinity in Chuck Palahniuk’s Post-Fight Club Fiction

Coco d’Hont

 

Chapter 14

Frame Thy Fearful Masculinity: Locating a Queer Masculinity in Marvel’s The Punisher

Reed Puc

 

Chapter 15

Men Playing Together: New Masculinities, Sport, and Contemporary Fiction

Ryan Lackey

 

Part Four

Geographies of Masculinity

 

Chapter 16

"To Work Without Stopping": Masculinity and the Midwestern Farm Novel

Andy Oler

 

Chapter 17

Outlaw America: The Legacy of Jesse James and Ron Hansen’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Lydia R. Cooper

 

Chapter 18

The Counter-Masculine Drive in Contemporary Reimaginations of the American Road-Trip Narrative

Nicole Dib

 

Chapter 19

A Poetics of Refusal: Queer Indigenous Masculinity in Tommy Pico’s Nature Poem

John Gamber

 

Chapter 20

Negotiating the Intersections of Masculinity, Disability, and Normative Gender Roles in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands: The Tragedy of the Self-Made Man

Rosemary Briseño

 

Part Five

Representation in Contemporary Literature, Film, TV, and New Media

 

Chapter 21

An Empathetic Art: Renwen仁文Masculinity in Asian American Literature

King-Kok Cheung

 

Chapter 22

Inspiration Porn, Reclamation Porn: A View of Crip Masculinity and Micro-celebrity

Joshie Tikka and R. Noam Ostrander

 

Chapter 23

Father Figures and New Masculinities in Contemporary U.S. Literature: Hegemonic and Counter-hegemonic Strategies of Paternal Representation

Sara Villamarín-Freire

 

Chapter 24

"I’m making up for all those years when I didn’t even know I had a cock": Toxic Masculinity in Gay Erotic Fiction

Mica Hilson

 

Chapter 25

Inverting the Gaze: White Male Terror in Film Since Classic Hollywood

David Pass

 

Chapter 26

The Erasure of Asexuality: Sheldon’s Masculinity in The Big Bang Theory

Jana Fedtke

 

Chapter 27

Fetishization of Female Masculinity in She-Hulk, Big Barda and The Mighty Thor

Hailey J. Austin

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Biography

Lydia R. Cooper is associate professor of contemporary American and Native American literature and chair of the department of English at Creighton University. She is the author of Cormac McCarthy: A Complexity Theory of Literature (Manchester University Press, 2021); Masculinities in Literature of the American West (Palgrave, 2016), and No More Heroes: Narrative Perspective and Morality in the Novels (LSU Press, 2011). Her work on contemporary American and Native American writers has appeared in journals such as GLQ, Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in the Novel, Critique, Studies in American Indian Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.

Reviews

"Lydia Cooper has brought together a fascinating and formidable array of essays that brings the field of masculinity studies into the contemporary moment." Stacey Peebles, Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies, Centre College