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The Mourning After: Loss and Longing among Midcentury American Men

John Ibson


In the aftermath of World War II, the closeness that many American servicemen experienced during the war was followed by a period of unprecedented scorn for men’s intimacy. The Mourning After describes and interprets this cruel irony. An outbreak of vicious homophobia was the most obvious manifestation of the scorn, but the postwar inhibition of male closeness also took its toll on friendships, the relationship between fathers and sons, and, indirectly, on men’s relationships with women. The Mourning After picks up where the author’s acclaimed Picturing Men left off, showing how everyday photo ... More

Keywords: John Horne Burns, everyday photography, homophobia, intimacy, masculinity, men’s relationships, midcentury America, mourning, postwar America, Gore Vidal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226576541
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226576718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ibson, author
California State University, Fullerton