Masculinity and the Rhetoric of Anti-Consumerism in American Culture
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
254 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
- Published: July 2018
Robinson identifies a tradition of masculine protest and rebellion against feminization in iconic texts such as The Catcher in the Rye and Fight Club, as well as in critiques of postmodernism, academic denunciations of shopping, and a variety of other discourses that aim to diagnose what ails American consumer culture. This fresh and timely argument enters into conversation with a wide range of existing scholarship and opens up new questions for scholarly and political discussion.
"The strength in this tightly argued book is how the author threads the needle through not only texts that clearly articulate the author’s feminization thesis but those texts that profess not to."—Casey Ryan Kelly, author of Abstinence Cinema: Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Film
"I’m excited about the ‘big picture’ the book presents and the way it reframes how we think about anti-consumerism—in literature, in film, but also in contemporary cultural and political debates. This is an important book; it’s accessibly written; and it engages compelling issues that are important to scholars of literature and film, but also to feminists and cultural critics more broadly."—Erin A. Smith, author of What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America
"Offering compelling re-readings of popular media and cultural criticism, each chapter takes up one aspect of the complex dynamic between gender, consumerism, and the quest for an authenticity that, according to the author, hasn’t yet been defined."—CHOICE