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No Less a Man: Masculist Art in a Feminist Age
by Doug Robinson
University of Wisconsin Press, 1994
Cloth: 978-0-87972-637-9 | Paper: 978-0-87972-638-6
Library of Congress Classification HQ1090.3.R63 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.32

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Robert B. Parker's detective Spenser. John Rambo, created by David Morrell and played on the silver screen by Sylvester Stallone. Bruce Springsteen. All three, Douglas Robinson claims, are central figures in a new form of popular men’s art: art that explores what it means to be a man in a feminist age. Robinson develops a three-stage transformation myth out of Joseph Campbell’s studies of hero mythology: the road of trials, on which repressive “normality” is tested and found lacking (Spenser); a symbolic death in which defensive rational ego-structures are surrendered (the Rambo of First Blood); and regeneration and return, the gradual rebirth of masculinity in a redemptive transformation (Springsteen).

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