Masculinities In Black And White Manliness And Whiteness In African
Inverting the traditional focus of ethnic studies on blackness as the object of scrutiny, this book explores dominant forms of white masculinity as seen by African American authors placed alongside certain white writers. Author analyzes texts by Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Frederick Douglass, and James Baldwin.
This book aims to provide different, varied, and sometimes even conflicting perspectives on masculinity and whiteness. Like black masculinity itself, which has been shown to vary throughout different cultural and historical locations, white masculinity is also analyzed here a shifting and often even contradictory construction. Indeed, rather than white masculinity, this study is concerned with exploring white masculinities in the plural, showing their intricate, porous, and often ambiguous representations in the fiction of five American authors, black and white, male and female, gay and straight.