Mailer Again: Heterophobia in Tough Guys Don't Dance

@article{Howley2006MailerAH,
  title={Mailer Again: Heterophobia in Tough Guys Don't Dance},
  author={Ashton Howley},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={31-46}
}
  • Ashton Howley
  • Published 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Modern Literature
In attaining a balance between the male and the female components of his psyche, Tim Madden, the hero of "average bravery" in Tough Guys Don't Dance, is an exemplum of Mailer's dyadic psychology, as put forward in The Prisoner of Sex. Madden is "average" in the sense that Wilhelm Reich, in Character Analysis, intended, when he refers to the ego's middle way between neurotic and the genital stages of development. Understanding Madden's gender confusion also requires recognizing the latent… Expand

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