American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

University of Chicago Law School faculty members Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum discuss a new book they have co-edited, “American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature.” Levmore is the William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor o...

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University of Chicago Law School faculty members Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum discuss a new book they have co-edited, “American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature.” Levmore is the William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor of Law, and Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Law School, Department of Philosophy, Divinity School, and the College.

To watch the longer discussion with Martha Nussbaum and Saul Levmore go here: https://news.uchicago.edu/multimedia/conversation-martha-nussbaum-and-saul-levmore-their-new-book

American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

“American Guy” examines American norms of masculinity and their role in the law, bringing a range of methodological and disciplinary perspectives to the intersection of American gender, legal, and literary issues. The collection opens with a set of papers investigating “American Guys”—the heroic nonconformists and rugged individualists who populate much of American fiction. Diverse essays examine the manly men of Hemingway, Dreiser, and others in their relation to the law, while also highlighting the underlying tensions that complicate this version of masculinity. A second set of papers examines “Outsiders”—men on the periphery of the American Guys who proclaim a different way of being male. These essays take up counter-traditions of masculinity ranging from gay male culture to Philip Roth’s portrait of the Jewish lawyer.