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Author Adams, Jon Robert, 1968-

Title Male armor : the soldier-hero in contemporary American culture / Jon Robert Adams.

Publication Info. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2008.


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 160 pages).
Series Cultural frames, framing culture
Cultural frames, framing culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-151) and index.
Contents Introduction : soldier's heart -- "The great general was a has-been" : the World War II hero in 1950s conformist culture -- The bridge to Vietnam : the war story and AWOL masculinity -- Envelope, please : the metonymic male -- Winning this time : the war that wasn't -- Conclusion : time warp.
Summary "In Male Armor, Jon Robert Adams examines the ways in which novels, plays, and films about America's late-twentieth-century wars reflect altering perceptions of masculinity in the culture at large. He highlights the gap between the cultural conception of masculinity and the individual experience of it, and exposes the myth of war as an experience that verifies manhood." "Drawing on a wide range of work, from the war novels of Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, James Jones, and Joseph Heller to David Rabe's play Streamers and Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, Adams examines the evolving image of the soldier from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. In discussing these changing perceptions of masculinity, he reveals how works about war in the late twentieth century attempt to eradicate inconsistencies among American civilian conceptions of war, the military's expectations of the soldier, and the soldier's experience of combat. Adams argues that these inconsistencies are largely responsible not only for continuing support of the war enterprise but also for the soldiers' difficulty in reintegration to civilian society upon their return."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
Subject Men -- United States.
Masculinity -- United States.
War in literature.
Masculinity in literature.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Men's Studies.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Semiotics & Theory.
Masculinity. (OCoLC)fst01011027
Masculinity in literature. (OCoLC)fst01011040
Men. (OCoLC)fst01015978
War in literature. (OCoLC)fst01170505
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Krieg <Motiv>.
Männlichkeit <Motiv>.
Soldat <Motiv>.
United States.
Other Form: Print version: Adams, Jon Robert, 1968- Male armor. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2008 9780813927527 (DLC) 2008003090 (OCoLC)191318093
ISBN 9780813933979 (electronic bk.)
0813933978 (electronic bk.)
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