Dad Bod - Dundurn

Dad Bod

Portraits of Pop Culture Papas

Available Aug 9th 2022

$ 22.99


Dad Bod is a brisk, humorous collection of essays that redefines the mythos of fatherhood depicted in film, television, and video games.

What do dads tell us about the world? Not your real dad, but dads in general. Dads are everywhere. Lurking in our movies, television shows, and video games. Spouting homespun wisdom and atrocious jokes, wallowing in might-have-beens and back-in-my-days, or rigidly defining the status quo. These fictional dads fuel a myth of fatherhood. What is that myth trying to tell us? And what is it trying to sell us?

Dad Bod is a clever, riveting collection of essays about father figures in popular culture. These analyses unpack the tropes that inform our collective image of fatherhood. Follow Cian Cruise, newly minted dad, as he riffs on the stereotypes and lore of fatherhood, traces a contemporary art history of dads in popular culture, and journeys to the heart of dadness to redefine what it means to be a father.



Cian Cruise

Cian Cruise has a degree in film studies and philosophy, and works as a freelance writer, strategist, and consultant. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, Hazlitt, Vulture, The Review. Cian lives with his family in Mississippi Mills, Ontario.

Book Details

August 2022
5.5x8.5 in
240 pp