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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 'When Everything Old is New Again' : Class, Consumerism and Masculinity in Alasdair Duncan's Metro
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'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. (p. 431)

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431-443 'When Everything Old is New Again' : Class, Consumerism and Masculinity in Alasdair Duncan's Metrosmall AustLit logo Journal of Australian Studies
Subjects:
  • Metro Alasdair Duncan , 2006 single work novel
  • Brisbane, Queensland,
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