The decades following the Second World War are here upheld as a similar, if lengthy, ‘historical moment’, one in which masculinity, even when defined and displayed in a traditional manner, was conceived to be failing to pay the traditional dividends.
This book will isolate a historical moment at which the equation of the male sexual organ with the phallus could no longer be sustained, and it will show the disjuncture of those two terms to have led to a collective loss of belief in the whole of the dominant fiction. In doing so, it will foreground masculinity as a crucial site for renegotiating our vraisemblance.(2)
KeywordsReading Process Hegemonic Masculinity Normative Injunction Historical Moment Masculine Ideal
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