Becoming the Gentleman: British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660-1815 [NOOK Book]

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Becoming the Gentlemanexplains why British men and women in the long eighteenth century were haunted by the question of what it meant to be a gentleman. It argues that our modern conceptions of gender, class and labor came into view in the course of redefining masculine gentility. Supplementing recent work on femininity, this book not only identifies a corpus of texts that address masculinity-male conduct books, novels, poems and an entire magazine industry-it also provides a corrective lens by historicizing a ...
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Becoming the Gentleman: British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660-1815

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Overview

Becoming the Gentlemanexplains why British men and women in the long eighteenth century were haunted by the question of what it meant to be a gentleman. It argues that our modern conceptions of gender, class and labor came into view in the course of redefining masculine gentility. Supplementing recent work on femininity, this book not only identifies a corpus of texts that address masculinity-male conduct books, novels, poems and an entire magazine industry-it also provides a corrective lens by historicizing a masculine figure that has been regarded as unchanging. Becoming the Gentlemanidentifies this effort to redefine the gentleman as a struggle over cultural capital conducted discursively. A synthetic study of literary (e.g. Addison, Pope, Burney, Austen & Scott) and extra-literary texts (e.g. Locke, Adam Smith, and diverse instructional authors), the book will appeal to scholars and advanced students of history, literature, gender, education, and culture.

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"Solinger's encyclopedic reference to primary and secondary sources make this book a state-of-the-art reconsideration of the period and a valuable resource. Summing up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"As Solinger so deftly argues, no figure is more central to the transition into modernity than the modern British gentleman. Incorporating facets of traditional masculinity within forms increasingly independent of inherited status and ever more widely accessible through popular literature, the gentleman becomes the lynchpin of modern bourgeois culture and of British imperialism. Tracing the trope 'knowledge of the world' through neoclassical poetry, educational treatises, the periodical, and the novel, Solinger shows how modern gentility increasingly becomes an effect of literacy. Resolutely historical and synthetic in its survey, Becoming the Gentleman illuminates the presence of the past in eighteenth-century cultural production and knits back together the gendered strands—masculine and feminine—of the modern subject." - Erin Mackie, Syracuse University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230391857
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/27/2012
  • Series: Global Masculinities
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

Jason D. Solinger is an assistant professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

Jason D. Solinger is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, USA.
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Table of Contents

Gentlemen and their Knowledge of the World

The Politics of Alexander Pope's Urbanity

Popular Writing and the Promise of Gentility from The Connoisseur to Evelina

Austen's Fiction in the Age of Commerce

Sir Walter Scott and the Gentrification of Empire

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