Delinquent dogs and the Molise malaise: negotiating suburbia in John Fante’s “My Dog Stupid”

Hawthorn, Ruth (2018) Delinquent dogs and the Molise malaise: negotiating suburbia in John Fante’s “My Dog Stupid”. Journal of American Studies . ISSN 0021-8758

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Abstract

This article explores ideas of suburban masculinity in “My Dog Stupid” (1986), a comic novella by the critically neglected novelist and screenwriter John Fante. Placing the text within the context of the twentieth-century suburban “canon,” I argue that Fante complicates and critiques the dystopian image of American suburbia that has dominated both fictional and sociological representations of this environment over the past seventy years.

Keywords:Suburbia, American Literature, John Fante
Subjects:T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T730 American Society and Culture studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T700 American studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T720 American Literature studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:11 Sep 2017 13:19

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