Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
x, 329 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Hemingway and the decline of manhood / Richard A. Posner On the trail with Melville: law and letters in the High Sierra / William Alsup Solitary man in American literature and law / J. Harvie Wilkinson III American stoic / Douglas G. Baird No balm in Gilead / Janice Rogers Brown Gatsby and tort / Robin L. West Struggles with manhood in Angle of repose / A. Howard Matz Manning up / Michael Warner Jewish men, Jewish lawyers: Roth's "Eli, the fanatic" and the question of Jewish masculinity in American law / Martha C. Nussbaum What is gay male femininity? / David M. Halperin Snitching, whistleblowing, and "Barn burning": loyalty in law, literature, and sports / Saul Levmore Bullies and martyrs: John Dos Passos and Adventures of a young man / Douglas P. Woodlock Empathy and masculinity in Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird / Richard H. McAdams Fatherhood and crime in James Baldwin's If Beale Street could talk / Julie C. Suk Glimpses of a man: Barack Obama's autobiographical reflections / Glenda R. Carpio The indictment of the law and notions of masculinity in Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious / Paxton J. Williams.
American Guy examines American norms of masculinity and their role in the law, bringing a range of methodological and disciplinary perspectives to the intersection of American gender, legal, and literary issues. The collection opens with a set of papers investigating "American Guys"--The heroic nonconformists and rugged individualists that populate much of American fiction. Diverse essays examine the manly men of Hemingway, Dreiser, and others, in their relation to the law, while also highlighting the underlying tensions that complicate this version of masculinity. A second set of papers examines "Outsiders"--men on the periphery of the American Guys who proclaim a different way of being male. These essays take up counter-traditions of masculinity ranging from gay male culture to Philip Roth's portrait of the Jewish lawyer. American Guy, a follow-up to Subversion and Sympathy, edited by Alison L. LaCroix and Martha C. Nussbaum, aims at reinvigorating the law-and-literature movement through original, cross-disciplinary insights. It embraces a variety of voices from both within and outside the academy, including several contributions from prominent judges. These contributions are particularly significant, not only as features unique to the field, but also for the light they throw on the federal bench. In the face of a large body of work studying judicial conduct as a function of rigid commitment to ideology, American Guy shows a side of the judiciary that is imaginatively engaged, aware of cultural trends, and reflective about the wider world and the role of the law in it. -- from dust jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.