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By Alex Hobbs

As every one new release confronts getting older and responds to its demanding situations, the literary community—ranging from Philip Roth to Jonathan Franzen—has supplied nuanced and considerate depictions that go beyond stereotypes of outdated males as feeble and damaged participants. lower than the sage counsel of those authors—many dealing with previous age themselves—older male characters became more and more regularly occurring in literary fiction.

In Aging Masculinity within the American Novel, Alex Hobbs turns the highlight on issues concerning later existence by means of studying a huge variety of works. Hobbs appears to be like at novels not just by means of literary lions of the child increase iteration, yet authors at the cusp of outdated age who expect its outcomes. as well as works via Jonathan Franzen, Paul Auster, and Ethan Canin, the writer considers the views of lady writers, similar to Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler, and Jane Smiley, who've created advanced older male characters. Hobbs argues that earlier stories concerning male getting older in pop culture were reductive, and he or she means that female and male reports and interpretations of getting older are individualistic and unique.

With a daring argument for the way readers should still give some thought to masculinity in literary fiction, this ebook is helping us higher comprehend the total diversity of concerns that older males face—from legacy and loss to wellbeing and fitness concerns and charm. The author’s illuminating and persuasive views will ignite a brand new mind set approximately this topic and its imperative position within the nationwide dialog. how older men’s lives are documented in American fiction, Aging Masculinity within the American Novel should be of curiosity to students and scholars of pop culture, gender experiences, getting older reviews, and literature.

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