Discussing his reasons for writing the novel Doing It (2003),2 Melvin Burgess highlights a number of complex issues surrounding the question of what it means to be a boy at the beginning of the new millennium. He makes an important distinction between the actual lives of men and boys and discursive representations of boyhood which have dominated popular culture for the past two decades. Specifically, he suggests that in contemporary fiction male characters are represented through a very limited range of stereotypes while acknowledging that men as a social group may still get ‘a good deal’ in Western societies.
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