- 20th and 21st Century Studies
- American Literature and Culture
- Cultural Studies
- Gender Studies
- Popular Culture
Dr. Robinson’s areas of interest include Postmodernism, American Cultural Studies (including film and popular culture), Gender Studies, and Feminist Theory.
Authenticity Guaranteed: Masculinity and the Rhetoric of Anti-Consumerism in American Culture. University of Massachusetts Press, 2018
Americans love to hate consumerism. Scholars, intellectuals, musicians, and writers of all kinds take pleasure in complaining that consumer culture endangers the “real” things in life, including self-determination and individualism. In Authenticity Guaranteed, Sally Robinson brings to light the unacknowledged gender and class assumptions of anti-consumerist critique in the second half of the twentieth century. American anti-consumerism, despite its apparent complexity, takes a remarkably consistent and predictable narrative form. From the mid-century Organization Man to the millennial No Logo, anti-consumerist critique reinforces the gender order by insisting that authenticity is threatened, and masculine agency curtailed, by the feminizing forces of consumer culture.
Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis. Columbia University Press, 2000
White men still hold most of the political and economic cards in the United States; yet stories about wounded and traumatized men dominate popular culture. Why are white men jumping on the victim bandwagon? Examining novels by Philip Roth, John Updike, James Dickey, John Irving, and Pat Conroy and such films as Deliverance, Misery, and Dead Poets Society―as well as other writings, including The Closing of the American Mind―Sally Robinson argues that white men are tempted by the possibilities of pain and the surprisingly pleasurable tensions that come from living in crisis.