Dandies and Desert Saints: Styles of Victorian Masculinity / Edition 1

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Overview

A Choice "Outstanding Academic Book for 1996"While drawing on work in feminism, queer theory, and cultural history, Dandies and Desert Saints challenges scholars to rethink simplistic notions of Victorian manhood. James Eli Adams examines masculine identity in Victorian literature from Thomas Carlyle through Oscar Wilde, analyzing authors who identify the age's ideal of manhood as the power of self-discipline. What distinguishes Adams's book from others in the recent explosion of interest in masculinity is his refusal to approach masculinity primarily in terms of "patriarchy" or "phallogocentrism" or within the binary of homosexualities and heterosexualities.
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"Offers a rich and complex argument. . . builds on important work by Victorianists such as Linda Dowling, Norma Clarke, and Herbert Sussman, and is as much at home with Walter Houghton as with Michel Foucault. By foregrounding issues of gender and placing these ideas in a more precise social and historical context than is usual, Dandies and Desert Saints deepens and expands the discussion of masculinities in the Victorian period."—Joseph H. O'Mealy, Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Journal of the History of Sexuality
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801482083
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Dandies and Prophets: Spectacles of Victorian Masculinity 21
2 "A Sort of Masonry": Secrecy and "Manliness" in Early Victorian Brotherhoods 61
3 Imagining the Science of Renunciation: Manhood and Abasement in Kingsley and Tennyson 107
4 Muscular Aestheticism: Masculine Authority and the Male Body 149
5 Gentleman, Dandy, Priest: Masks and Masculinity in Pater's Aestheticism 183
Afterword 229
Works Cited 233
Index 245
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