Carcerals and Olympic Masculinities in Christos Tsiolkas’s Barracuda

Panos Gerakis
In an effort to draw attention to the masculine crisis occurring in the era of globalisation, this paper elaborates on Australian author Christos Tsiolkas’s novel Barracuda and the central character’s self-discipline and struggle into reaching Olympic achievement. The course of his rise as a potential Olympic athlete but also his fall and crisis within an institutional framework of disciplines, which often symbolically turn into nightmarish prisons, resonate with Michel Foucault’s 1975 work Discipline and Punish....
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