Thanks to Dan for letting me guest blog. Alas, I immediately repay his kindness by exploiting this opportunity to post on something bleakly provincial to my own scholarly preoccupations: manliness. Specifically, manliness in the context of law and literature. I know, I know. Here we are, in the debt crisis, facing the impending end of Western civilization, and I want to blog about law & literature. . .regarding. . . “manliness.” (isn’t this the shameless epitome of the self-indulgent academic?)
But so much of the debt crisis is suffused with the idiom of manliness, isn’t it? Liberals cry that Obama needs to “man up” and confront the Tea Party while Boehner, even for a dude who doesn’t mind having a good ole’ public cry now and then, once committed, can’t stand down from his manly posture without embarrassment.
But this post isn’t me expounding my views on manliness (ummmm, you can find that here, incidentally). It’s rather me asking for your help. I’m trying to put together an annotated bibliography, provisionally titled, “Manliness: A Law and Literature Perspective.” So, for example, I would include—would have to include—Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. Talk about manliness, it has every aspect of it: the patriarch, the reckless man-child, the avuncular bully, the callow son trying to prove his manhood, the faltering wimp, you name it. And all of it takes place in the context of law. Guys trying to violate it, bribe it, evade it, enforce it. Much of the law, then, presents obstacles and opportunities for and extensions and emanations of manliness.
So, I need your help: what do you think would be good pieces of literature to include in such a bibliography of manliness in law and literature?