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'When everything old is new again' : class, consumerism and masculinity in Alasdair Duncan's Metro

Muller, Vivienne & Holliday, Penelope Ann (2009) 'When everything old is new again' : class, consumerism and masculinity in Alasdair Duncan's Metro. Journal of Australian Studies, 33(4), pp. 431-443.

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Abstract

Alasdair Duncan’s narrative Metro, set in Brisbane in the early twenty-first century, focuses on Liam, an unapologetically self-styled ‘white, upper middle-class brat’ whose sense of place and identity is firmly mapped by spatial and economic co-ordinates. This article considers the linkages between spatiality and identity in Duncan’s narrative, as well as the ways in which traditional, hegemonic (heterosexual) forms of masculinity are re-invigorated in the enactment of an upper-middle-class script of success, privilege and consumerism. It argues that the safeguarding of these hegemonic forms of masculine identity involves strategies of spatial and bodily expression underpinned by conspicuous consumption, relegating other forms of sexual identity to an exploitable periphery

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ID Code: 29847
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Representation, upper middle-class masculinity, consumerism, Brisbane, homosexuality
DOI: 10.1080/14443050903308667
ISSN: 1444-3058
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2010 11:28
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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