by Calvin Thomas
University of Illinois Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-252-02202-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-06500-2
Library of Congress Classification BF175.5.M37T46 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 155.332

      Calvin Thomas's Male Matters
        reveals the act and production of writing as a bodily, material process
        that transgresses the boundaries of gender. Wise and quirky, sophisticated
        and coarse, serious and hilarious, this look at male identity and creativity
        and dislocation at the end of the twentieth century definitely will not
        assuage male anxiety!
      "An excellent and important
        book. . . . By mixing high and low, by speaking candidly about what we
        usually keep in the (water) closet, while simultaneously engaging the
        'highest' philosophies of language and culture, Thomas calls the entire
        enterprise of criticism into question." -- Jeremy Earp, Journal
        of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity
      "A brave, indispensable
        exercise in writing the male body, and a tour de force of theoretically
        informed close reading." -- Kevin Floyd, Journal of the Midwest
        Modern Language Association
      "Both analyzes and performs
        our anxieties about masculinity. . . . This experiment in criticism transgresses
        boundaries of theory, gender, and academic taste in ways sure to delight
        and infuriate its readers." -- Gregory Jay, author of America
        the Scrivener: Deconstruction and the Subject of Literary History
      "Calvin Thomas is able
        to hint at a way out of the prison-house, as he puts it, of straight male
        identity." -- Kathy Acker, author of In Memoriam to Identity

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