By James Penner

Pinks, Pansies, and Punks charts the development of masculinity inside of American literary tradition from the Thirties to the Seventies. Penner files the emergence of "macho criticism," and explores how debates approximately "hard" and "soft" masculinity motivated the category struggles of the Thirties, anti-communism within the Forties and Fifties, and the conflict among the previous Left and the hot Left within the Sixties. through extending literary tradition to incorporate not only novels, performs, and poetry, yet diaries, journals, manifestos, screenplays, and essays on psychology and sociology, Penner unveils the multiplicity of gender attitudes that emerge in all the many years he addresses.

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