Pinks, Pansies, And Punks: The Rhetoric Of Masculinity In American Literary Culture by James Penner

Pinks, Pansies, And Punks: The Rhetoric Of Masculinity In American Literary Culture

byJames Penner

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Pinks, Pansies, and Punks charts the construction of masculinity within American literary culture from the 1930s to the 1970s. Penner documents the emergence of "macho criticism," and explores how debates about "hard" and "soft" masculinity influenced the class struggles of the 1930s, anti-communism in the 1940s and 1950s, and the clash between the Old Left and the New Left in the 1960s. By extending literary culture to include not just novels, plays, and poetry, but diaries, journals, manifestos, screenplays, and essays on psychology and sociology, Penner unveils the multiplicity of gender attitudes that emerge in each of the decades he addresses.

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James Penner is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico.

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Title:Pinks, Pansies, And Punks: The Rhetoric Of Masculinity In American Literary CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:December 23, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222516

ISBN - 13:9780253222510

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Short History of Macho Criticism
1. "Healthy Nerves and Sturdy Physiques": Remaking the Male Body of Literary Culture in the 1930s
2. Doughfaces, Eggheads, and Softies: Gendered Epithets and American Literary Culture in the 1940s
3. Highbrows and Lowbrows: Squares, Beats, Hipsters, White Negroes, New Critics, and American Literary Culture in the 1950s
4. Reforming the Hard Body: The Old Left, the Counterculture, and the Masculine Kulturkampf of the 1960s
5. The Gender Upheavals of the Late 1960s and Early 1970s: The Black Panthers, Gay Liberation, and Radical Feminism
Epilogue: The End of Innuendo
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Through exhaustive research and witty prose, Penner reveals that the stakes of modern American literary culture too often relied upon what could-and could not-count for an authentically masculine critique." -Scott Herring, Indiana University Bloomington