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Author Ibson, John, author.

Title The mourning after : loss and longing among midcentury American men / John Ibson
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
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Contents Putting space between men: male relationships in everyday photography at midcentury -- War as a cultural timeout: the gallery and shifting boundaries of male belonging -- Back to normal: cultural work in the erasure of John Horne Burns -- What it took: Gore Vidal and the high price of midcentury manliness -- Mourning the loss: the "great sullenness" and the contours of American manhood -- Coda: bookend for an era
Summary On the battlefields of World War II, with their fellow soldiers as the only shield between life and death, a generation of American men found themselves connecting with each other in new and profound ways. Back home after the war, however, these intimacies faced both scorn and vicious homophobia. The Mourning After makes sense of this cruel irony, telling the story of the unmeasured toll exacted upon generations of male friendships. John Ibson draws evidence from the contrasting views of male closeness depicted in WWII-era fiction by Gore Vidal and John Horne Burns, as well as from such wide-ranging sources as psychiatry texts, child development books, the memoirs of veterans' children, and a slew of vernacular snapshots of happy male couples. In this sweeping reinterpretation of the postwar years, Ibson argues that a prolonged mourning for tenderness lost lay at the core of midcentury American masculinity, leaving far too many men with an unspoken ache that continued long after the fighting stopped, forever damaging their relationships with their wives, their children, and each other
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 7, 2018)
Subject Burns, John Horne, 1916-1953 -- Appreciation -- United States.
Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012 -- Appreciation -- United States.
Burns, John Horne, 1916-1953.
Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Homophobia -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Homosexuality and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Male friendship -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Masculinity -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Men -- United States -- History -- 20th century
American literature.
Art appreciation.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Life Stages -- General.
Homosexuality and literature.
Male friendship.
Manners and customs.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Developmental -- General.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Developmental -- Lifespan Development.
PSYCHOLOGY -- General.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1945-1970.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022657671X