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Constructing the Normative: Male Subjects and Others in the Dystopias of Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth

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Journal publication date2005
JournalExtrapolation
Journal number4
Volume46
Number of pages14
Pages439-452
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article explores the representation of masculinity in the work of Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth, and in particular their novel Gladiator-at-Law (1954). The article suggests that the critique of corporate capitalism offered by the novel is accompanied by a re-statement of a heroic, reactionary masculinity which seeks to offset economic displacement with gender domination.