Strange Relations: Masculinity, Sexuality and Art in Mid-Century America (Hardback)
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Strange Relations: Masculinity, Sexuality and Art in Mid-Century America (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 25/07/2024
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An incisive investigation into the crisis of mid-century American masculinity through the prism of four bisexual writers, Strange Relations profiles James Baldwin, John Cheever, Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers, and their forging of a transformative new path.

In October 1960, James Baldwin and John Cheever spoke on a panel together at San Francisco State College. The troubled state of American society was under discussion, which Baldwin incisively diagnosed as a 'failure of the masculine sensibility'.

Strange Relations explores this crisis in mid-century masculinity and the lives and works of four bisexual writers who fought to express and embody alternate possibilities. Building on Walt Whitman's philosophy of the love between men, Ralf Webb considers the ways in which Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers, as well as Cheever and Baldwin, resisted in their art, as well as in their relationships, the damaging expectations of contemporary gender and sexuality.

With a curious, intelligent and sensitive gaze, Ralf Webb sheds new light on each writer. Together, these artists offer a powerful and moving argument for a transformative new masculinity, grounded in fluidity, love and intimacy.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781399713214
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Textured literary portraits of the masculine mind and body. Webb has skilfully blended narratives of maleness, queer desire and gender norms with mid-century American cultural critiques. If you're a fan of Judith Butler, Hilton Als, Mark Doty, you will love Webb's Strange Relations - Raymond Antrobus, author of ALL THE NAMES GIVEN

A compassionate, imaginative, inquisitive book about men, how American authors like Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and James Baldwin wrote about masculinity, and how they imagined relationships between men-and women. Webb's writing is of a quality rarely seen, and his book returns you to the world slightly changed, equipped with another angle of vision on the quiddity of man - Diarmuid Hester, author of NOTHING EVER JUST DISAPPEARS

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