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New PDF release: Action Figures: Men, Action Films, and Contemporary

By M. Gallagher

ISBN-10: 1403970122

ISBN-13: 9781403970121

What money owed for the large international approval for motion motion pictures and experience literature? How do women and men reply to iconic monitor stars resembling Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve McQueen, and Charlton Heston? motion genres were Hollywood's so much ecocnomic international exports for many of its background, their male heroes the topic of a lot fascination and derision. Bestselling literary thrillers, from The Hunt for purple October to Into skinny Air, have additionally contributed markedly to renowned understandings of male job. Action Figures takes inventory of motion narratives' many appeals and acknowledges how modern crises of gender id occur themselves in renowned advertisement texts

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Such is not a recipe for compelling narrative, but Junger pushes ahead, privileging the account’s “unknowable element” (xii). His rhetorical sleight-of-hand extends to his use of evidence: “I wound up sticking strictly to the facts, but in as wide-ranging a way as possible” (xi). While he professes to eschew conjecture, he asks readers to accept other seafarers’ accounts in place of his central subjects’: “I would interview people who had been through similar situations, and survived. Their experiences, I felt, would provide a fairly good descriptions of what the six men on the Andrea Gail had gone through, and said, and 38 ACTION FIGURES perhaps event felt” (xi, Junger’s italics).

In addition, realist texts tend to define the real according to an inverted class hierarchy. The working class, transparent and unself-conscious in its behaviors, always proximal to physical labor and suffering, rests atop this hierarchy. The middle and upper classes, in comparison, softened by consumerism and schooled in artifice, claim only contingent and mediated access to the real. ”4 Nonfiction adventure texts encompass these conflicting categories. Simply by foregrounding adventure itself—trials of the body and mind in nature or in hostile human environments—the genre privileges a physicality linked to the working class.

Junger thus locates readers in the realm of kitchen-sink realism, where men are physically besieged even in bed. In this world, workplace dangers complement physical threats at home. As Junger later asserts, “[m]ore people are killed on fishing boats, per capita, than in any other job in the United States” (70). He also comments on the economics of commercial fishing, noting a downturn in the industry after the 1980s that results in more frequent, always risky trips for wage-earning fishermen. Junger adds to these conditions the figure of the driven-to-near-recklessness fishing captain Billy Tyne, who “has a particular reputation for pushing things to the limit” (72).

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