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By Alex Hobbs

As every 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 previous males as feeble and damaged participants. lower than the sage tips of those authors—many dealing with outdated age themselves—older male characters became more and more common in literary fiction.

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

With a daring argument for the way readers may still think about masculinity in literary fiction, this ebook is helping us larger comprehend the total diversity of matters that older males face—from legacy and loss to healthiness matters and beauty. The author’s illuminating and persuasive views will ignite a brand new mind set approximately this topic and its vital position within the nationwide dialog. taking a look at how older men’s lives are documented in American fiction, Aging Masculinity within the American Novel might be of curiosity to students and scholars of pop culture, gender reports, getting older stories, and literature.

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