Hero and Anti-hero in the American Football Novel
Changing Conceptions of Masculinity from the Nineteenth Century to the Twenty-first-century
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"