Lad Trouble

Masculinity and Identity in the British Male Confessional Novel of the 1990s

In the 1990s, the male confessional novel, most prominently represented by Nick Hornby (»High Fidelity«), but also by writers such as Tim Lott (»White City Blue«) and Mike Gayle (»My Legendary Girlfriend«), articulated the structure of feeling of the male generation in their late twenties/early-to-mid-thirties.

The book presents the advent of the male confessional novel in a fresh and yet critical light, challenging the feminist claim that the genre should be understood as a backlash against feminism and a relapse into sexism. By applying an eclectic theoretical framework, ranging from Raymond Williams to Anthony Giddens, Judith Butler and Jacques Derrida, the study illustrates why the male confessional novel is too complex a phenomenon to be solely interpreted in terms of retrosexism. It convincingly shows how the multitude of postmodern gender scripts adds to the crisis of identity and to the problematic nature of clearly defined gender relationships.

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2009-09-27, 388 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-1161-8

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Author(s)
Andrea Ochsner
Book title
Lad Trouble Masculinity and Identity in the British Male Confessional Novel of the 1990s
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
388
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-1161-8
DOI
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB JFC
BISAC-Code
LIT004120 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
DSB JBCC
Release date
2009-09-27
Edition
1
Topics
Geschlecht, Literatur
Readership
Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Literary Studies, Sociology, Media Studies
Keywords/Tags
Contemporary British Novel, Popular Culture, Masculinity, Identity Crisis, Gender Trouble, Deconstruction, Performativity, Literature, Gender, British Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Literary Studies

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