Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis

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Columbia University Press, Jan 22, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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White men still hold most of the political and economic cards in the United States; yet stories about wounded and traumatized men dominate popular culture. Why are white men jumping on the victim bandwagon? Examining novels by Philip Roth, John Updike, James Dickey, John Irving, and Pat Conroy and such films as Deliverance, Misery, and Dead Poets Society—as well as other writings, including The Closing of the American Mind—Sally Robinson argues that white men are tempted by the possibilities of pain and the surprisingly pleasurable tensions that come from living in crisis.
 

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Contents

Visibility Crisis and the Wounded White Male Body
1
John Updike and the Reconstruction of Middle American Masculinity
23
Scenes from the Culture Wars
52
White Male Authorship in Crisis
87
Mens Liberation and the Wounds of Patriarchal Power
128
Marked Men and the Wounds of Dammed Masculinity
153
Notes
193
Bibliography
243
Index
261
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Sally Robinson is associate professor of English at Texas A& M University and the author of Engendering the Subject: Gender and Self-Representation in Contemporary Women's Fiction.


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