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American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum


This book comprises sixteen essays from legal academics, literary experts, and influential judges. The book begins by investigating American Guys—the heroic nonconformists and rugged individualists who populate American fiction. It then examines these manly men in relation to the law, while also highlighting the tensions underlying and complicating this type of masculinity. A second set of chapters examines Outsiders—men on the periphery of the American Guys who proclaim a different way of being male. Chapters take up countertraditions of masculinity ranging from gay male culture to Eli Roth’s ... More

Keywords: law and literature, American, masculinity, male, manly, American fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199331376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saul Levmore, editor
University of Chicago

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
University of Chicago

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