In this essay I take a fragmented boyhood tour through place and time, from Vienna (1909) through Paris (1978) to Madrid (1986).  My tour begins with a discussion of Freud's "Little Hans" case study, in which I examine the fractured nature of the male maturation paradigm. From the story of "Little Hans," I make a leap of almost seventy years to the tragic boyhood development path described in Michel Tournier's short story, "Tupik." The tour ends by encountering a sequence in Pedro Almodovar's zany film, The Law of Desire. Why do I take a fragmented boyhood tour?  What possible connections can be drawn between "canonical" case study, contemporary short story, and outrageous film? The answers to these questions revolve around the idea that social and perhaps even physical structures of manhood are ineluctably bound to the shape of environments and discourses. In the sections that follow, I discuss how three very different boys not only grapple with the dilemma of growing up, but also how they begin to perform their respective states of manhood. 
Three Boys and Their Growing-Up Performances 

Benton Komins 

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