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Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (Paperback)
  • Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (Paperback)

Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (Paperback)

Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 06/01/2004
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This work considers how writers of the 1950s and 1960s struggled to craft literature that countered the politics of consensus and anticommunist hysteria in America, and how notions of masculinity figured in their effort.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226137407
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 394 g
Dimensions: 226 x 134 x 19 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.

"Evoking Baudelaire's flaneur in his analysis of Whitman and O'Hara, Davidson becomes something of a flaneur himself, strolling through the bustling, vibrant excesses of twentieth-century cultural production, and sampling with astonishing grace, facility, and acumen the wealth of significations around that central sign, masculinity, in a way that . . . is always richly challenging and frequently illuminating. His degree of cultural literacy is astonishing. . . . A thought-provoking work that sreaks to a variety of disciplines: American history, literary criticism, and gender studies."
--Fiona Paton "American Quarterly "
"["Guys Like Us"] advance[s] the historical study of poetics and poetry significantly."
--Eric Schocket "American Literature "
"Guys Like Us" seeks to re-assess the historiography of the policing of gender roles and its relation to foreign state affairs during the Cold War era in the United States. . . . Davidson s text is innovative in that it analyses the role of postwar countercultural poetry and its adjacent literary criticism in the construction of alternative models of masculinity. . . . [Davidson] privileges the poetic genre because he considers it the ideal site to contest ideologies through literature. Consequently, the author explains that the careful reading of poems produced during the Cold War era provides an accurately complex picture of postwar America a picture which has become blurred by the convenient forgetfulness resulting from a manichean defense of so-called moral and, by extension, democratic values from the late 1940s to the late 1960s.
--Mercedes Cuenca "Cercles ""

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