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Alternative Masculinities for a changing world

Àngels CARABI & Josep M. ARMENGOL (eds.)
Marta BOSCH-VILARRUBIAS,
Mercè CUENCA,
Michael FLOOD,
Mar GALLEGO,
Matthew GUTMANN,
David LEVERENZ,
Sara MARTÍN,
Barbara OZIEBLO,
Bob PEASE,
Teresa REQUENA-PELEGRÍ,
Victor J. SEIDLER,
Aishih WEHBE-HERRERA
London: Palgrave Macmillan
2014
9781137462558
Index (482.79 KB)

In our globalized and rapidly changing world, hegemonic models of masculinity still prevail in most societies. This collection focuses on gender equitable movements worldwide with the aim to pave the way to new or 'alternative' forms of manhood. Bridging the gap between the social sciences and the humanities, Part I offers an interdisciplinary perspective from the fields of social work theory, sociology, anthropology, and literary studies while Part II delves into the complex paths that fictional characters undergo on their way to eventually becoming more egalitarian men. The essays all work from the assumption that the wide variety and psychological complexity of literary characters can prove particularly helpful for men to rethink their own masculine identities in new and profound ways.

 

table of contents

Introduction, Àngels Carabí and Josep M. Armengol   1
PART I: ALTERNATIVE MASCULINITIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE
1. Reconstructing Masculinity or Ending Manhood? The Potential and Limitations of Transforming Masculine Subjectivities for Gender Equality, Bob Pease   17
2. Men's Anti-Violence Activism and the Construction of Gender-Equitable Masculinities, Michael Flood   35
3. Alternative Cultures of Masculinity: An Anthropological Approach, Matthew Gutmann   51
4. Aging Beyond Masculinities, or, the Penis as Failed Synecdoche, David Leverenz   63
PART II: ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF MANHOOD: REPRESENTATIONS IN U.S. LITERATURE AND CULTURE
5. On Learning Not to Love the Oedipus Complex, Revisited, David Leverenz    97
6. Authoritarian, Missing, or Nurturing? Fathers in American Drama, Barbara Ozieblo   105
7. Fathers Who Care: Alternative Father Figures in Annie Proulx's The Shipping News and Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, Teresa Requena-Pelegrí   115
8. Alternative Masculinities in Richard Ford's Fiction and/vs. Susanne Bier's In a Better World, Josep M. Armengol   131
9. Facing Xenocidal Guilt: Atypical Masculinity in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Saga, Sara Martín   145
10. Progressive Masculinities: Envisioning Alternative Models for Black Manhood in Toni Morrison's Novels, Mar Gallego   161
11. Meeting Halfway: Contradictions, Transformation and Alternative Masculinities in Arturo Islas' La Mollie and the King of Tears, Aishih Wehbe-Herrera   175
12. Reconfiguring the Male: Masculinities Beyond Capitalism in Paul Auster's Sunset Park, Mercè Cuenca   195
13. Transitory Masculinities in Post-9/11 Arab American Literature Written by Women, Marta Bosch-Vilarrubias   205
Epilogue: Moving Ahead: Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World, Victor J. Seidler in conversation with the members of the Constructing New Masculinities (CNM) group of the University of Barcelona   219