Robinson (1998) noted in her essay "'Unyoung, Unpoor, Unblack': John Updike and the Construction of Middle American Masculinity" that Rabbit Redux, published in the earlier 1970s, is situated "at the very beginning of an era marked by a crisis in the symbolic (if not social) position of white masculinity" (p.
"Unyoung, unpoor, unblack": John Updike and the construction of middle American masculinity.
Writing about the "Middle American" of the post-sixties, Richard Lemon finds that this group is made up of many people, all of whom are "unyoung
, unpoor, unblack." He adds that "the one thread that ties all its groups together is resentment" against the many liberation movements attempting to gain civil rights and recognition (Lemon 26).