Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
James Baldwin and the 1980sWitnessing the Reagan Era$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joseph Vogel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041747

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 31 July 2021

Freaks in the Reagan Era

Freaks in the Reagan Era

Androgyny and the American Ideal of Manhood

Chapter:
(p.49) 2 Freaks in the Reagan Era
Source:
James Baldwin and the 1980s
Author(s):

Joseph Vogel

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0003

This chapter draws on Baldwin’s 1985 essay, “Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood,” to examine how the Reagan-era ideal of masculinity was delineated and contested in popular culture. By the 1980s, Baldwin contends, Americans continued to cling to an ideal of masculinity “so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden—as an unpatriotic act—that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.” The chapter situates Baldwin’s essay in its historical moment, considering the rise and backlash to androgynous black “crossover” artists such as Michael Jackson and Prince, and the challenges they posed to the decade’s more traditional representations of American manhood (among them, Reagan, Rambo, and Bruce Springsteen).

Keywords:   James Baldwin, Androgyny, Freaks, Manhood, Masculinity, Sexuality, 1980s, Michael Jackson, Prince, Ronald Reagan

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.