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Week 5: John Updike and American Masculinity

Novel: Rabbit, Run

General Reading on Masculinity (see Week 4 for general reading on Updike)

Brian Baker, Masculinity in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres, 1945-2000 (London and New York, 2006) Chapter 1.

Steven Cohan, Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties (Bloomington, 1997). Introduction and Chapter 2.

Christina S. Jarvis, The Male Body at War: American Masculinity during World War II (DeKalb, 2004).

David Leverenz, Manhood and the American Renaissance (Ithaca and London, 1989). Chapter 3.

Donald Mrozek, ‘The Habit of Victory: The American Military and the Cult of Manliness’ in J.A. Mangan and James Walvin (eds), Manliness and Morality: Middle-Class Masculinity in Britain and America, 1800-1940 (Manchester, 1987), pp. 220-241.

Peter Stearns, ‘Men, Boys and Anger in American Society, 1860-1940’ in J.A. Mangan and James Walvin (eds), Manliness and Morality: Middle-Class Masculinity in Britain and America, 1800-1940 (Manchester, 1987), pp. 75-91.

 

Topics to be considered and further reading: fatherhood, marriage, independence, sexuality, sport, heroism, brotherhood, war, failure.

 

Kerry Ahearn, ‘Family and Adultery: Images and Ideas in Updike’s Rabbit Novels’, Twentieth Century Literature, 34:1 (1988), pp. 62-83. Available Online via JSTOR

Samuel Beckoff, John Updike’s Rabbit, Run and Rabbit, Redux: A Critical Commentary (New York, 1974).

Paula Buck, ‘The Mother Load: A Look at Rabbit’s Oedipus Complex’ in Lawrence Broer (ed.), Rabbit Tales: Poetry and Politics in John Updike’s Rabbit Novels (Tuscaloosa, 1998), pp. 150-69.

Donald Greiner, ‘No Place to Run: Rabbit Angstrom as Adamic Hero’ in Lawrence Broer (ed.), Rabbit Tales: Poetry and Politics in John Updike’s Rabbit Novels (Tuscaloosa, 1998), pp. 8-16.

Granville Hicks, ‘A Little Good in Evil’, Saturday Review, 43 (5 November 1960) in William MacNaughton (ed.), Critical Essays on John Updike (Boston, 1982), pp. 42-44.

Jack Moore, ‘Sports, Basketball, and Fortunate Failure in the Rabbit Tetralogy’ in Lawrence Broer (ed.), Rabbit Tales: Poetry and Politics in John Updike’s Rabbit Novels (Tuscaloosa, 1998), pp. 170-88.

Judie Newman, John Updike (New York, 1988). Introduction and Chapter 3.

Kyle Pasewark, ‘The Troubles with Harry: Freedom, American and God in John Updike’s Rabbit Novels’, Religion and American Culture, 6:1 (1996), pp. 1-33. Available online via JSTOR

Sanford Pinsker, ‘Restlessness in the 1950s: What Made Rabbit Run?’ in Stanley Trachtenberg (ed.), New Essays on Rabbit, Run (Cambridge, 1993), pp. 53-76.

Sally Robinson, ‘Unyoung, Unpoor, Unblack: John Updike and the Construction of Middle American Masculinity’, Modern Fiction Studies, 44:2 (1998), pp. 331-363. Available online via MUSE

Richard Rupp, Celebration in Postwar American Fiction, 1945-1967 (Coral Gables, 1970). Chapter 3.

Albert Wilhelm, ‘The Clothing Motif in Updike’s Rabbit, Run’, South Atlantic Bulletin, 40:4 (1975), pp. 87-89. Available online via JSTOR