Robert Vorlicky's Act Like a Man: Challenging Masculinities in American Drama PDF

By Robert Vorlicky

ISBN-10: 0472095722

ISBN-13: 9780472095728

How males converse with one another on level whilst no girls are present--and what it tells us approximately energy and gender

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It is a vision that finds its expression in social dialogue. " And, as unlikely as it may seem, Mamet's characters still appear to adhere to a cooperative principle when speaking to one another. , the text remains cooperative at that level" (264). Mamet's language is also the language of men who prolong cooperative communication without self-disclosure, without over- stepping the cultural codings that dictate acceptable male interac- tion. These cultural codings (as determined within the scope of this study) affect the discourse coherence of the male characters' dia- logue that, in turn, reflects both the linguistic-literary codes and the cultural codes operating within the dramatic system, including whiteness and the American masculine ethos.

Such a belief feeds Roma's ambitious behavior, which is at once touching in its apparent concern for his fellow man's losses while deceptive in its underlying selfish greed. I have intentionally stressed Roma's maleness to foreground the issue of gender in Glengarry Glen Ross. 2 Frank Rich (1984) and Christopher Bigsby (1985), for instance, col- lapse the characters' gender-coded identities into representations of a non-gender-specific human condition, for the sake of more sociophilosophical, non-gender-related readings.

And, as unlikely as it may seem, Mamet's characters still appear to adhere to a cooperative principle when speaking to one another. , the text remains cooperative at that level" (264). Mamet's language is also the language of men who prolong cooperative communication without self-disclosure, without over- stepping the cultural codings that dictate acceptable male interac- tion. These cultural codings (as determined within the scope of this study) affect the discourse coherence of the male characters' dia- logue that, in turn, reflects both the linguistic-literary codes and the cultural codes operating within the dramatic system, including whiteness and the American masculine ethos.

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