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By Alex Hobbs

As every one iteration confronts getting older and responds to its demanding situations, the literary community—ranging from Philip Roth to Jonathan Franzen—has supplied nuanced and considerate depictions that go beyond stereotypes of outdated males as feeble and damaged contributors. lower than the sage counsel of those authors—many dealing with outdated age themselves—older male characters became more and more everyday in literary fiction.

In Aging Masculinity within the American Novel, Alex Hobbs turns the highlight on issues on the topic of later existence by way of interpreting a wide diversity of works. Hobbs seems to be at novels not just by means of literary lions of the infant increase new release, yet authors at the cusp of previous age who expect its effects. as well as works through Jonathan Franzen, Paul Auster, and Ethan Canin, the writer considers the views of girl writers, comparable to Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler, and Jane Smiley, who've created complicated older male characters. Hobbs argues that earlier stories concerning male getting older in pop culture were reductive, and she or he means that female and male stories and interpretations of getting older are individualistic and unique.

With a daring argument for the way readers should still consider masculinity in literary fiction, this booklet is helping us higher comprehend the entire variety of concerns that older males face—from legacy and loss to health and wellbeing matters and style. The author’s illuminating and persuasive views will ignite a brand new frame of mind approximately this topic and its primary position within the nationwide dialog. how older men’s lives are documented in American fiction, Aging Masculinity within the American Novel might be of curiosity to students and scholars of pop culture, gender experiences, getting older reports, and literature.

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