We Boys Together Teenagers in Love before Girl Craziness

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Description: The author's central argument is that in American popular culture from about 1900 to the end of World War II, a range of popular culture texts including teen fiction, film, serials, comic books, popular journalism, radio shows, and even high school yearbooks employed formulaic narratives and images for and about teenage boys engaged in "homoromantic," not "heteroromantic," relationships. Dennis thinks that the war years inverted the earlier pattern because most "manly" men were off to war, the boy at the homefront had to act like a man in their absence, the boy had lots of anxieties about domestic and foreign events, and his heroism on the home front was on behalf of other men.\n There are homoerotic subtexts in many popular culture texts in the years when homosexualty itself was repressed and oppressed, and Dennis's book adds to what other critics (for example, Vito Russo's 1981 book, The Celluloid Closet, and the 1995 documentary film by that name by Epstein and Friedman) have noted over the years.
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