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Sympathy for the Devil: Volatile Masculinities in Recent German and American Literatures

dc.contributor.advisor Donahue, William C Knight, Mary Leslie 2011-05-20T19:35:02Z 2011-05-20T19:35:02Z 2011
dc.description.abstract <p>This study investigates how an ambivalence surrounding men and masculinity has been expressed and exploited in Pop literature since the late 1980s, focusing on works by German-speaking authors Christian Kracht and Benjamin Lebert and American author Bret Easton Ellis. I compare works from the United States with German and Swiss novels in order to reveal the scope - as well as the national particularities - of these troubled gender identities and what it means in the context of recent debates about a "crisis" in masculinity in Western societies. My comparative work will also highlight the ways in which these particular literatures and cultures intersect, invade, and influence each other. </p><p> In this examination, I demonstrate the complexity and success of the critical projects subsumed in the works of three authors too often underestimated by intellectual communities. At the same time, I reveal the very structure and language of these critical projects as a safe haven for "male fantasies" of gender difference and identity formation long relegated to the distant past, fantasies that continue to lurk within our cultural currencies.</p>
dc.subject Germanic Literature
dc.subject American Literature
dc.subject Benjamin Lebert
dc.subject Bret Easton Ellis
dc.subject Christian Kracht
dc.subject contemporary literature
dc.subject masculinity
dc.subject misogyny
dc.title Sympathy for the Devil: Volatile Masculinities in Recent German and American Literatures
dc.type Dissertation
dc.department German Studies

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