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    Monsters of Men: Masculinity and the Other in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Series


    Kennon, Patricia (2017) Monsters of Men: Masculinity and the Other in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Series. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37 (1). pp. 25-34. ISSN 0735-1690

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    Abstract

    To date, studies of gender issues in young adult dystopian novels have been dominated by a focus on constructions of female subjectivity, girlhood, and the potential for female empowerment. However, little critical attention has been correspondingly dedicated to examining how regimes of masculinity, traditional privileges of male power, and male adolescence are represented and mediated in dystopian fiction for teenagers. Patrick Ness’s exploration of normative and transgressive embodiments of masculinity in his dystopian Chaos Walking series for young adults powerfully addresses tensions between power and vulnerability, autonomy and conformity, and concepts of boyhood and manhood. Through their experiences with the possibilities of telepathy, biotechnology, and interspecies relationships, Ness’s protagonists must negotiate with the simultaneous attraction of the fragmented self and its threat to the regulation of conventional manhood, as male characters struggle to sustain their inherited understanding of themselves and the relation between self and other. Through his problematizing of the boundaries between traditional hegemonic and Other, human and alien codes, and his emphasis on the importance of nonhierarchical and inclusive co-existence, Ness proposes a receptive, expansive, and egalitarian paradigm of masculinity.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Monsters of Men; Masculinity; Patrick Ness’s; Chaos Walking Series;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Item ID: 8623
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/07351690.2017.1250587
    Depositing User: Patricia Kennon
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 15:47
    Journal or Publication Title: Psychoanalytic Inquiry
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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