May the Best Man Win : Non-stereotypical Masculinity in the Novel A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

University essay from Karlstads universitet/Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (from 2013)

Abstract: In this essay, Hanya Yanagihara’s main characters from the novel A Little Life (2015) are analyzed, with the basis of gender stereotypes and with the help of Raewyn Connell’s theory of hegemonic masculinity. It argues that the characters in question challenge the typical gender roles in the way that they are lacking in comparison to Connell’s theory of hegemonic masculinity and are portrayed with feminine attributes. Yanagihara’s portrayal of masculinity creates a depth to the characters in questions and a more complex view of masculinity.

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