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Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections

Stela Dujaković   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-5921-2118 ; University of Paderborn, Germany

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (171 KB) str. 469-490 preuzimanja: 126* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Dujaković, S. (2019). Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. Anafora, VI (2), 469-490. https://doi.org/10.29162/ANAFORA.v6i2.9
MLA 8th Edition
Dujaković, Stela. "Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections." Anafora, vol. VI, br. 2, 2019, str. 469-490. https://doi.org/10.29162/ANAFORA.v6i2.9. Citirano 04.12.2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Dujaković, Stela. "Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections." Anafora VI, br. 2 (2019): 469-490. https://doi.org/10.29162/ANAFORA.v6i2.9
Harvard
Dujaković, S. (2019). 'Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections', Anafora, VI(2), str. 469-490. https://doi.org/10.29162/ANAFORA.v6i2.9
Vancouver
Dujaković S. Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. Anafora [Internet]. 2019 [pristupljeno 04.12.2020.];VI(2):469-490. https://doi.org/10.29162/ANAFORA.v6i2.9
IEEE
S. Dujaković, "Masculinity Beyond Repair: Aging, Pathology, and the Male Body in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections", Anafora, vol.VI, br. 2, str. 469-490, 2019. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.29162/ANAFORA.v6i2.9

Sažetak
This article explores representations of male aging in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections (2001) by looking at theories of aging, pathology, and hegemonic masculinity. While, in general, academic discourses about aging tend to link old age to pathology, the focus on gender stereotypes adds another layer to the perception of aging in Franzen’s novel. The Corrections is constructed around an aged patriarch who is not only struck by the illnesses of old age but, more importantly, he keeps clinging to an idealized masculine identity he is no longer able to maintain as an old man. Drawing on the difficulties of identity construction concerning Aging Studies and the lack of what Gabriela Spector-Mersel defines as “masculinity scripts,” my article illustrates how literary representations can construct male losses as symptoms of a silent virus that appears to break out in the aged body. The article will show that these (lived) hegemonic concepts of masculinity establish the male as a dominant collective but simultaneously constitute the inevitable failure of the individual. Hegemonic masculinities then have a disabling impact on the old man as is mirrored in Franzen’s doomed protagonist who becomes the victim of his own concepts of masculinity.

Ključne riječi
Aging; masculinities; scripts; gender; hegemony; Jonathan Franzen; contemporary U.S. American fiction

Hrčak ID: 231342

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/231342

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