By Alex Hobbs

ISBN-10: 1442266783

ISBN-13: 9781442266780

As every one new release confronts getting older and responds to its demanding situations, the literary community—ranging from Philip Roth to Jonathan Franzen—has supplied nuanced and considerate depictions that go beyond stereotypes of outdated males as feeble and damaged contributors. lower than the sage advice of those authors—many dealing with outdated age themselves—older male characters became more and more wide-spread in literary fiction.

In Aging Masculinity within the American Novel, Alex Hobbs turns the highlight on issues with regards to later existence via reading a vast diversity of works. Hobbs appears to be like at novels not just via literary lions of the child growth new release, yet authors at the cusp of previous age who count on its effects. as well as works through Jonathan Franzen, Paul Auster, and Ethan Canin, the writer considers the views of woman writers, corresponding to Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler, and Jane Smiley, who've created advanced older male characters. Hobbs argues that past stories relating to male getting older in pop culture were reductive, and he or she means that female and male reviews and interpretations of getting older are individualistic and unique.

With a daring argument for a way readers may still think about masculinity in literary fiction, this e-book is helping us larger comprehend the total diversity of concerns that older males face—from legacy and loss to wellbeing and fitness concerns and charm. The author’s illuminating and persuasive views will ignite a brand new state of mind approximately this topic and its primary position within the nationwide dialog. taking a look at how older men’s lives are documented in American fiction, Aging Masculinity within the American Novel could be of curiosity to students and scholars of pop culture, gender experiences, getting older reports, and literature.

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