By Milette Shamir, Jennifer Travis
We take with no consideration the concept that white, middle-class, instantly masculinity connotes overall keep an eye on of feelings, emotional inexpressivity, and emotional isolation. That males repress their emotions as they search their fortunes within the aggressive worlds of commercial and politics appears to be like a given. This selection of essays by way of well known literary and cultural critics rethinks such in most cases held perspectives by means of addressing the heritage and politics of emotion in winning narratives approximately masculinity. How did the tale of the emotionally stifled U.S. male come into being? What are its political stakes? Will the "release" of hetero, white, middle-class masculine emotion remake latest varieties of strength or strengthen them? This assortment forcefully demanding situations our such a lot entrenched principles approximately male emotion. via readings of works by means of Thoreau, Lowell, and W. E. B. Du Bois, and of 20th century authors equivalent to Hemingway and Kerouac, this publication questions the endurance of the emotionally alienated male in narratives of white middle-class masculinity and addresses the political and social implications of male emotional unencumber.
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12. ” 13. Aronowitz, “My Masculinity,” p. 320. 14. Savran, Taking it Like a Man. See also Sally Robinson in this volume. 15. Faludi, Stiffed. For another perspective, see Christopher Newﬁeld’s discussion of “male femininity” in “The Politics of Male Suffering,” pp. 63–67. qxd 12/26/01 10:45 Page 21 Introduction cue (66). For more on profeminist men see Judith Newton in this volume. 16. Romero, Home Fronts, p. 4. See also Ann Cvetkovich, Mixed Feelings. 17. Lutz and Abu-Lughod, Language and the Politics of Emotion, pp.
45 Crevecoeur’s farming of feeling, his rhetoric of rootedness and affective necessity, is central to his vision of American selfhood yet it also functions as imaginative and imaginary compensation for the actual shallowness of the new man’s geographical and communal roots. ” literally locates and contains these conditions on the western frontier) as it veils, until the ﬁnal chapters, some of the new world’s less savory structures of social connection and compulsion. qxd 12/26/01 10:45 Page 36 E VA N C A RT O N The narrator’s encounter in Letter IX with a caged, blinded slave in the woods near Charleston at once traumatically unveils the most brutal of these structures and begins to reconﬁgure feeling, once an effective motive and vehicle of democratic communion, as a state of alienation from society and from the self.
7. Davidson, “Preface,” p. 444. 8. Rosaldo, “Toward an Anthropology of Self and Feeling,” p. 143. 9. ” p. 69. 10. Emotionology is a term coined by Peter N. Stearns and Carol Z. Stearns in their article “Emotionology: Clarifying the History of Emotional Standards” to denote the “collective emotional standards of a society,” standards that they distinguish from emotional experience, the transferable and changeable shape of emotions over time. ” Quoted in Lewis and Stearns, “Introduction,” pp. 7, 1, 5.