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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
O'Connell, Mary, 1944-
Updike and the patriarchal dilemma.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1996
|Named Person:||John Updike; John Updike; John Updike; John Updike|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|Description:||xiv, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Abbreviations for Updike's Works --
1. Introduction --
2. Rabbit, Run: the Mail from Tunis Probably --
3. Gender Formation: But What's Wrong with That Man? --
4. The Power of Naming: "Well That Explains Your Oratorical Gifts" --
5. Rabbit Redux --
6. Life in Furnace Township --
7. Revolution and Chaos --
8. Is Rabbit Rich? --
9. Laius and Oedipus --
10. Rabbit at Rest: More Mail from Tunis.
Although she examines negative aspects of Rabbit's behavior, O'Connell avoids the oversimplification of labeling Updike a misogynist. Instead, she looks closely at the forces shaping Rabbit's gender identity as well as at the ways he experiences masculinity and the ways his gender identity affects his personal and spiritual development, his relationships, and, ultimately, his society. As she discusses these issues, O'Connell uses the term patriarchy in its broadest sense to refer to the practice of centralizing the male and marginalizing the female in all areas of human life. Patriarchal ideology - the assumptions, values, ideas, and patterns of thought that perpetuate the arrangement - is written as hidden text, permeating every aspect of culture, particularly language, from which it spreads to other signifying systems.
Contrary to conventional critical wisdom, the Rabbit tetralogy is not a straightforward chronicle; the novels create meaning by challenging, undermining, and qualifying their own explicit content. Updike claims that his novels are "moral debates with the reader," and according to O'Connell, the resisting reader, active and skeptical, is the one most likely to register the nuances and the shifting currents of the discourse.
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