Masculinity and Patriarchal Villainy in the British Novel: From Hitler to Voldemort

1st Edition

Sara Martin Alegre

Routledge
December 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780367441463 - CAT# K455288
Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

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Summary

Masculinity and Patriarchal Villainy in the British Novel: From Hitler to Voldemort sits at the intersection of literary studies and masculinity studies, arguing that the villain, in many works of contemporary British fiction, is a patriarchal figure that embodies an excess of patriarchal power that needs to be controlled by the hero. The villains' stories are enactments of empowerment fantasies and cautionary tales against abusing patriarchal power. While providing readers with in-depth studies of some of the most popular contemporary fiction villans, Sara Martin Algre shows how current representations of the villain are not only measured against previous literary characters but also against the real-life figure of the archvillain Adolf Hitler.

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