Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Hard-boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu

Strips the veneer of the tough guy in modern American culture. The persona of the American male in the period between the two world wars was characterized by physical strength, emotional detachment, aggressive behavior, and an amoral worldview. This ideal of a hard-boiled masculinity can be seen in the pages and, even more vividly, on the covers of magazines such as "Black Mask", which shifted from Victorian-influenced depictions of men in top hats and mustaches in the early 1920s to the portrayal of much more overtly violent and muscular men. Looking closely at this transformation, Christopher Breu offers a complex account of how and why hard-boiled masculinity emerged during an unsettled time of increased urbanization and tenuous peace and traces the changes in its cultural conception as it moved back and forth across the divide between high and low culture as well as the color line that bifurcated American society. Examining the work of Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, and William Faulkner, as well as many lesser-known writers for the hypermasculine pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, Breu illustrates how the tough male was a product of cultural fantasy, one that shored up gender and racial stereotypes as a way of lashing out at the destabilizing effects of capitalism and social transformation.

Buy Hard-boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780816644339
ISBN-10: 0816644330
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 149mm x 21mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 23-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Hard-boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu

Book Reviews - Hard-boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Hard-boiled Masculinities book by Christopher Breu and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Christopher Breu

Christopher Breu is assistant professor of English at Illinois State University.

Books By Christopher Breu

Insistence of the Material by Christopher Breu
Hardback, September 2014
Hard-boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu
Paperback, December 2005