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The privilege of crisis : narratives of masculinities in colonial and postcolonial literature, photography, and film

Author: Elahe Haschemi Yekani
Publisher: Frankurt am Main ; New York : Campus Verlag GmbH, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite the understanding of scholars that masculinity, far from being a natural or stable concept, is in reality a social construction, the culture at large continues to privilege an idealized, coherent male point of view. This book draws on the work of authors such as H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, and Joseph Conrad-as well as contemporary postcolonial writers such as J.M. Coetzee, Hanif Kureishi and Zadie  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: H Rider Haggard; Rudyard Kipling; Joseph Conrad; Hanif Kureishi; Stephen Frears; Zadie Smith; J M Coetzee; Neil Jordan; J M Coetzee; Joseph Conrad; Stephen Frears; H Rider Haggard; Neil Jordan; Rudyard Kipling; Hanif Kureishi; Zadie Smith
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elahe Haschemi Yekani
ISBN: 9783593393995 3593393999
OCLC Number: 711050685
Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : contained and exposed crises. Crisis as a privilege ; Colonial and postcolonial contexts ; Masculinity as an interdependent category ; 'Hegemonic' and 'marginalised' masculinities ; The narratability of masculinity and narrative patterns --
Colonial masculinities : gentlemen and hunters, hybid 'sahibs' and failures. Henry Rider Haggard : Nostalgic African adventures. King Solomon's mines: "We are men, thou and I", She: "Heat, misery, and mosquitoes" --
Colonial photography : the spectacle of the 'self'. Heroic hunters, Establishing order ; Rudyard Kipling : the ambivalence of empire. Kim : an orientalist coming of age ; Joseph Conrad : masculine modernism. The nigger of the "Narcissus" : allegories of 'Black' death and 'White' camaraderie, Heart of darkness: White men on the verge of a nervous breakdown --
Postcolonial masculinities : hybrid men, fanatics and anti-heroes. Hanif Kureishi : new ways of being British. The buddha of suburbia : "a funny kind of Englishman", The black album : hybrid crisis ; Postcolonial films : queering the imperial gaze? My beautiful laundrette : coming out 'in-between', The crying game : male femininity as a spectacle ; Zadie Smith : hysterical realism and happy multiculturalism? White teeth : back to the future ; J.M. Coetzee : postmodern despair. Waiting for the barbarian : allegories of the failure of 'self' and 'other', Disgrace : male author in an age of disgrace? --
Conclusion : towards a particularisation of the crisis of masculinity ; en/countering post-9/11 crisis narratives of uncertainty.
Responsibility: Elahe Haschemi Yekani.

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Shows how recurrent references to a "crisis" of masculinity or the decline of masculinity serve largely to demonstrate and support positions of male privilege.  Read more...

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