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By Alex Hobbs

As each one iteration 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from Philip Roth to Jonathan Franzen—has supplied nuanced and considerate depictions that go beyond stereotypes of outdated males as feeble and damaged contributors. less than the sage advice of those authors—many dealing with previous age themselves—older male characters became more and more favourite in literary fiction.

In Aging Masculinity within the American Novel, Alex Hobbs turns the highlight on concerns with regards to later existence via analyzing a large diversity of works. Hobbs seems at novels not just through literary lions of the newborn increase new release, yet authors at the cusp of previous age who count on its outcomes. as well as works by means of Jonathan Franzen, Paul Auster, and Ethan Canin, the writer considers the views of girl writers, comparable to Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler, and Jane Smiley, who've created complicated older male characters. Hobbs argues that earlier experiences relating to male getting older in pop culture were reductive, and he or she means that female and male studies and interpretations of getting older are individualistic and unique.

With a daring argument for the way readers may still reflect on masculinity in literary fiction, this e-book is helping us larger comprehend the total variety of concerns that older males face—from legacy and loss to overall healthiness matters and charm. The author’s illuminating and persuasive views will ignite a brand new mind set approximately this topic and its crucial position within the nationwide dialog. how older men’s lives are documented in American fiction, Aging Masculinity within the American Novel can be of curiosity to students and scholars of pop culture, gender reviews, getting older stories, and literature.

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