Cold Warriors: Manliness on Trial in the Rhetoric of the by Suzanne Clark

By Suzanne Clark

Chilly Warriors: Manliness on Trial within the Rhetoric of the West returns to conventional cultural forces—the West, anticommunism, and manliness—to express how they mixed to suppress dissent and dominate the unruliness of literature within the identify of a countrywide identification after global struggle II. Few detect how a lot the domination of a “white male” American literary canon was once a product now not of lengthy heritage, yet of the chilly battle. Suzanne Clark describes right here how the chilly battle excluded girls writers on a number of degrees, including others—African American, local American, bad, males in addition to women—who have been neglected within the fight over white male identity. Clark first exhibits how defining national/individual/American id within the chilly battle concerned a new configuration of cultural historical past. even as, it referred to as upon the nostalgia for the previous discourses of the West (the nationwide manliness asserted via Theodore Roosevelt) to say that there has been and consistently were just one actual American identity. By subverting the claims of a countrywide id, Clark reveals, many male writers risked falling outdoors the bounds not just of public rhetoric but in addition of the literary global: males as diversified from each other because the determinedly masculine Ernest Hemingway and the antiheroic storyteller of the standard, Bernard Malamud. both vocal and contentious, chilly conflict girls writers have been unwilling to be silenced, as Clark demonstrates in her dialogue of the paintings of Mari Sandoz and Ursula Le Guin. The ebook concludes with a dialogue of the way the silencing of gender, race, and sophistication in chilly struggle writing maintained its self-discipline until eventually the eruptions of the sixties. by way of wondering the identification politics of manliness within the chilly struggle context of persecution and trial, Clark unearths that the involvement of fellows in identification politics set the level for our next cultural historical past.

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The illusion of continuity and lack of division is what I want to dispute. To put this another way: the concept of ideology as dictatorial or totalitarian itself belongs to a logic of the Cold War. It is no surprise to find that writers who offer forms of resistance to a central national subject might suffer from critical dismissal. However, the accusations that locate difference on the sensational margins, as Senator McCarthy's notorious hearings did, may trick our attention like a magician's slight of hand.

Clark Page vii Contents Preface ix Introduction: The Frontier Rhetoric of the Cold War and the Crisis of Manliness 1 1. The Un-American and the Unreal: Modern Bodies and New Frontiers 22 2. Cold War Modernism and the Crisis of Story 43 3. Theodore Roosevelt and the Postheroic Arena: Reading Hemingway Again 59 4. Unsettling the West: The Persecution of Science and Bernard Malamud's A New Life 97 5. Mari Sandoz's Heartland: The Abusive Frontier Father and the Indian Warrior as Counterhistory 133 6.

Thanks to editors who have worked with me at Southern Illinois University Press: Tracy Sobol (who often encouraged me with her interest in the manuscript), John Gehner, Karl Kageff, and Carol Burns. I have leaned on my friends again and again during this project. To Lisa Ede, who has not only had faith that this book was worth writing but also shown me how to get writing done, I owe more than I can record. To Cheryl Glenn, who has always welcomed my desires to have her listen, and furnished dinner on occasion besides, I owe reciprocal hospitality of mind and house.

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