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Hero and Anti-hero in the American Football Novel

Changing Conceptions of Masculinity from the Nineteenth Century to the Twenty-first-century

By (author) Donald Lee Deardorff
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Oct 2006
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm
ISBN-10: 077345554X
ISBN-13: 9780773455542
Barcode No: 9780773455542
This book examines the rise and evolution of the football narrative, from 1870 to the present, in order to analyze and define the process by which American men have sought to fashion masculine identity over the last century. The author uses the athletic hero as a representative of a larger number of templates or centers (the religious man, the business tycoon, the family man, the rebel, etc.), many of which have been used by various men to make meaning of their lives.

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"... [this book] may not convince cynics and skeptics within or without the field of cultural studies that men can push through self serving rationalization and group power relations to achieve some strategy for stable selfhood. For those who aspire to do so... Professor Deardorff provides the game book." - Professor J. Michael Lopez, Cedarville University"