1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture

Edited By Lydia R. Cooper Copyright 2022
    424 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 as well as new and upcoming scholars in order to explore not just what masculinity once 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.


    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


    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 (2021); Masculinities in Literature of the American West (2016), and No More Heroes: Narrative Perspective and Morality in the Novels (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.

    "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