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Leading with the Chin : Writing American Masculinities in Esquire, 1960-1989 / Brad Congdon.

Author/Creator:
Congdon, Brad, author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Masculinity in literature.
Local subjects:
American literature. (search)
Esquire. (search)
advertising. (search)
magazines. (search)
manhood. (search)
manliness. (search)
masculinities. (search)
masculinity. (search)
material culture. (search)
periodicals. (search)
popular culture. (search)
postmodernism. (search)
print culture. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Leading with the Chin focuses on the Esquire writings of James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, Norman Mailer, and Tim O'Brien to examine how these authors negotiated important shifts in American masculinity. Using the works of these six authors as case studies, Leading with the Chin argues that Esquire permitted writers to confront national fantasies of American masculinity as they were impacted by the rise of neoliberalism, civil rights and gay rights, and the cultural dominance of the professional-managerial class. Applying the methodologies of periodical studies and the theoretical concerns of masculinity studies, this book recontextualizes the prose and fiction of these authors by analyzing them in the material context of the magazine. Relating each author's articulation of masculinity to the advertisements, editorials, and articles published in each issue, Leading with the Chin shows that Esquire reflected and helped to shape the forces that structured American masculinity in the twentieth century.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Crisis of Masculinity and the Problem of Identity
Part One: Recovering Masculinity in the 1960s
1. American Dreams, Gendered Nightmares
2. Cooling It with James Baldwin
Part Two: "The Richness of Life Itself" in the 1970s
3. Low-Rent Tragedies of Beset Manhood
4. True Men and Queer Spaces in Truman Capote's Answered Prayers
Part Three: Cold Warriors of the 1980s
5. Sexual Fallout in Tim O'Brien's The Nuclear Age
6. Don DeLillo in the American Kitchen
Conclusion: How to Be a Man
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 30. Apr 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781487515959
OCLC:
1076269183
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781487515959 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.