Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bending SteelModernity and the American Superhero$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Aldo J. Regalado

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462210

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 04 December 2021

Jungle Lords, Haunting Horrors, and the Big City

Jungle Lords, Haunting Horrors, and the Big City

(p.43) Chapter Two Jungle Lords, Haunting Horrors, and the Big City
Bending Steel

Aldo J. Regalado

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how earlier heroic fiction developed in the immediate post-Civil War era and into the early twentieth century as republican modernity gave way to the industrial modernity. Responding to new heights of immigration, industrialization, urbanization, mechanization, and modernization, the next generation of American authors to write heroic fiction updated earlier heroic archetypes as creative and personal responses to industrial modernity. Generally speaking, their fiction involved imaginative withdrawals from modern society that affirmed white middle-class masculinity in the face of those forces they perceived as threatening to its viability. Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes, for instance, allowed him and his readers an imaginative escape from modern urban society. Central to this escape was a rejection of cities, technology, bureaucracy, and business culture, as well as the celebration of white, male Anglo-Saxonism over “others” defined by gender, class, race, and ethnicity. The chapter also considers the horror fiction work of H. P. Lovecraft.

Keywords:   heroic fiction, industrial modernity, middle-class masculinity, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Anglo-Saxonism, horror fiction, H.P. Lovecraft

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.