Introduction
1
Palahniuk, afterword, 215. The novel was first published
by Norton in 1996.
2
Throughout this book the term white masculinity refers
to a process through which or a location in which het-
eronormative white masculinity attains or regains privi-
lege. The term is not meant to describe actual individu-
als per se, although the authority that accrues to those
individuals who do conform to the ideal of this process
or location should not be underestimated.
3
Savran, Taking It Like a Man, 5.
4
For an interesting analysis of the specific relationship
between the American novel and contemporary socio-
cultural transformations, see Fitzpatrick, The Anxiety of
Obsolescence, particularly 137–41, 217–33.
5
Wellman, “Minstrel Shows,” 321.
6
Lipsitz, “Listening to Learn,” 630.
7
Hill, After Whiteness, 93.
8
Faludi, Stiffed, 53.
9
See, for example, ibid., 51–101.
10
Ibid., 86.
11
All statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau
of Labor Statistics, online.
12
See Hill, “Introduction,” 9.
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