What is masculinity? : historical dynamics from antiquity to the contemporary world /
edited by John H. Arnold and Sean Brady.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
xiv, 461 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0230278132 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780230278134 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
0230278132 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780230278134 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction / John H. Arnold and Sean Brady -- The history of masculinity : an outdated concept? / John Tosh -- Can the hegemon speak? : reading masculinity through anthropology / Diederik F. Janssen -- The Whig interpretation of masculinity? : honour and sexuality in late medieval manhood / Christopher Fletcher -- Masculinity without conflict : noblemen in eighth and ninth-century Francia / Rachel Stone -- Masculinities in early Hellenistic Athens / Henrik Berg -- Masculinity as a world historical category of analysis / Simon Yarrow -- Hegemonic masculinities? : assessing change and process of change in elite masculinity, 1700-1900 / Henry French and Mark Rothery -- Masculinity and fatherhood in England c. 1760-1830 / Joanne Bailey -- Athenian pederasty and the construction of masculinity / Thomas K. Hubbard -- An orchard, a love letter, and three bastards : the formation of adult male identity in a fifteenth-century family / Rachel E. Moss -- 'To make a man without reason' : examining manhood and manliness in early modern England / Jennifer Jordan -- 'Boys, semi-men and bearded scholars' : maturity and manliness in early nineteenth-century Oxford / Heather Ellis -- St. Francis of Assisi and the making of settlement masculinity, 1883-1914 / Lucinda Matthews-Jones -- Homes fit for homos : Joe Orton, masculinity, and the domesticated queer / Matt Cook -- Three faces of fatherhood as a masculine category : tyrants, teachers, and workaholics as 'responsible family men' during Canada's baby boom / Robert Rutherdale -- Cow boys, cattle men, and competing masculinities on the Texas frontier / Jacqueline M. Moore -- Valorising samurai masculinity through biblical language : Christianity, Oscar Wilde, and Natsume Soseki's novel Kokoro / Kasumi Miyazaki -- 'Proper government and discipline' : family religion and masculine authority in nineteenth-century Canada / Nancy Christie -- Punters and their prostitutes : British soldiers, masculinity, and maisons tolérées in the First World War / Clare Makepeace -- Masculinities, histories, and memories / Victor Jeleniewski Seidler.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
John H. Arnold is Professor of Medieval History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He works on various aspects of medieval culture and modern historiography Sean Brady is Lecturer in Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK He is an historian of modern British history and his Masculinity and Mate Homosexuality in Britain, 1861-1913 has been internationally influential in the field. Both he and John H. Arnold are convening editors of Palgrave Macmillan's series 'Genders and Sexualities in History'
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-03-01:
Editors Arnold and Brady of Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, have succeeded in pulling together a useful set of essays (well beyond conference proceedings) that ranges across a vast chronology, albeit largely from the Western world. Of the twenty essays, four address far-reaching questions about the practical historiographical value of gender as a tool for analysis; the other 16 essays approach masculinity from a variety of tightly grounded historical contexts. The editors usefully categorize the essays into five sections: "Paradigms and Nomenclature," "Masculinity and Hegemony," "Maturing and Adulthood," "Domesticities," and "Modern Frontiers." In addition to the comprehensive analyses offered by John Tosh and Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, section three offers the freshest perspectives on masculinity, addressing key questions that have long been central to studies of femininity concerning the relationship of age to gender construction. Unfortunately, this edited volume, part of a series on genders and sexualities in history, offers little in the way of synthesizing the study of gender with the historical experience or constructions of men's sexuality. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. J. Bates Berea College
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The ideas & practices of male identity have varied much between time & place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This text analyses the dynamics of 'masculinity' as both an ideology & lived experience - how men have tried, & failed, to be 'real men'.
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A collection of ground-breaking chapters on the history of masculinity, presenting new methodological and interpretative approaches across historical periods
Long Description
What is masculinity? Looked at across time - from antiquity to the modern day - the contours of 'manliness' take on an intriguing complexity. As the various contributors to this volume demonstrate, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied considerably over time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, one not available to all men, and one sometimes even applied to certain women. By looking at masculinity over time, this ground-breaking book presents a variety of new perspectives on the nature of masculinity, its social and political functions, and the methods by which historians and others might seek to analyse it. Each author provides both a case study of what 'masculinity' means (or fails to mean) in a specific historical moment, and contributes to a wider collective analysis of the changing historical dynamics to male identity. Overall, the book provides a key methodological landmark in the study of gender history.
Main Description
Across history, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied much between time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This book analyses the dynamics of "masculinity" as both an ideology and lived experience -- how men have tried, and failed, to be "Real Men."
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Paradigms and Nomenclature
The History of Masculinity: An Outdated Concept?p. 17
Can the Hegemon Speak? Reading Masculinity through Anthropologyp. 35
The Whig Interpretation of Masculinity? Honour and Sexuality in Late Medieval Manhoodp. 57
Masculinity without Conflict: Noblemen in Eighth- and Ninth-Century Franciap. 76
Masculinity and Hegemony
Masculinities in Early Hellenistic Athensp. 97
Masculinity As a World Historical Category of Analysisp. 114
Hegemonic Masculinities? Assessing Change and Processes of Change in Elite Masculinity, 1700-1900p. 139
Masculinity and Fatherhood in England c. 1760-1830p. 167
Athenian Pederasty and the Construction of Masculinityp. 189
An Orchard, a Love Letter and Three Bastards: The Formation of Adult Male Identity in a Fifteenth-Century Familyp. 226
'To Make a Man Without Reason': Examining Manhood and Manliness in Early Modern Englandp. 245
'Boys, Semi-Men and Bearded Scholars': Maturity and Manliness in Early Nineteenth-Century Oxfordp. 263
St Francis of Assisi and the Making of Settlement Masculinity, 1883-1914p. 285
Homes Fit for Homos: Joe Orton, Masculinity and the Domesticated Queerp. 303
Three Faces of Fatherhood As a Masculine Category: Tyrants, Teachers, and Workaholics As 'Responsible Family Men' during Canada's Baby Boomp. 323
Modern Frontiers
Cow Boys, Cattle Men and Competing Masculinities on the Texas Frontierp. 249
Valorising Samurai Masculinity through Biblical Language: Christianity, Oscar Wilde and Natsume Soseki's Novel Kokorop. 370
'Proper Government and Discipline': Family Religion and Masculine Authority in Nineteenth-Century Canadap. 389
Punters and Their Prostitutes: British Soldiers, Masculinity and Maisons Tolerees in the First World War
Masculinities, Histories and Memories
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