VOL 3, NO 1 (2016)

This special issue of Writing from Below looks broadly at a range of political and theoretical positions within and across critiques of masculinity in contemporary gender studies and queer theory. We explore and interrogate queer and non-normative masculinities—the diversity of masculinities, the disruption of traditional hegemonic heterosexual masculinity, non-hegemonic masculinities, maleness and the masculine written and rewritten from below; reconfigurations of the expression or performance of masculinity as a biological, social, or cultural given.

January 15, 2016 in MASC

Field Work, Prospekt

Femme–Butch in the Arctic Landscape
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January 14, 2016 in MASC

Moon Wrasse

“Moon Wrasse” forms part of my PhD research into The Extended Mind and creative writing practice.
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January 13, 2016 in MASC

Waifs and Warrior Princesses

Heteronormative Female Masculinities in Group Fitness Discourse and Possibilities for Change
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January 12, 2016 in MASC

Skating while black

Performances of race and gender within recreational ice hockey
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January 10, 2016 in MASC

Moments of a Limited Kind

This short story explores expressions of masculinity, particularly in relation to fatherhood.
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January 9, 2016 in MASC

Lines Composed in a downtown Jazz Bar in CHICAGO

This poem was written during an academic trip and describes the emotional and intellectual state of the writer as he attempted to process the sensation of Jazz.
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January 8, 2016 in MASC

House of Bondage

This article analyses Yossi Avni’s 1998 novella “Hahakham” (The Wise) as one of the first examples of homonationalism in Israeli culture.
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January 7, 2016 in MASC

Cultural critique after Nirbhaya

In December 2012, when a 23-year-old woman was raped by six assailants inside a bus in Delhi, India, large-scale protests erupted in Delhi and across the country.
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January 6, 2016 in MASC

Testosterone Kisses

This paper takes the view that it is inequitable when an embodied action, such as the performance of a platonic, non-sexual kiss between two adults, is interpreted and appreciated differently…
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January 5, 2016 in MASC

The Art of Carnism

This review of Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian (2007) introduces the concept of the art of carnism through which a reading of the novel is undertaken.
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“What’s the use of being a little boy if you are going to grow up to be a man?”

January 4, 2016 in MASC

The Wonders

Review of The Wonders by Paddy O'Reilly
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January 3, 2016 in MASC


Review of Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self by Alexis Harley
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January 2, 2016 in MASC

Queer Theory’s Utility

Review of Christopher Schmidt’s Poetics of Waste
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