Genders / Edition 2

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"The concept of gender continues to be a central issue in literary and cultural studies, with a significance that crosses disciplinary boundaries and provokes lively debate. In this fully revised and updated second edition, David Glover and Cora Kaplan offer a lucid and illuminating introduction to 'gender' and its implications, including: an overview of the critical language and concepts surrounding gender from their historical inception to contemporary debates; discussions of the major theorists in the field updated and extended coverage of lesbian and queer theory; and a new glossary of terms essential to an understanding of the debate on gender in contemporary theory." With its impressive breadth and depth of coverage, this volume offers not only a comprehensive history of this complex term, but also indicates its ongoing presence in literary and cultural theory and the new directions it is taking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415442442
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,527,546
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Glover is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals: Bram Stoker and the Politics of Popular Fiction (1996) and is Editor of the journal New Formations.

Cora Kaplan is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of Sea Changes: Essays on Culture and Feminism (1986) and Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (2007).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Gendered histories, gendered contexts 1

Of doctors and dictionaries 2

Gender and sexual science 11

Rethinking gender(s) 14

Gender and language: Wittig's pronouns 19

1 Femininity and feminism 26

'Women feel just as men feel': femininity and feeling 1790-1850 38

Femininity between world wars 50

Race and femininity in African American writing 59

Masculine identification: femininity's disappearing act 65

Lesbian fiction after modernism: queering the genre 73

Post-human(ist) femininity? 81

2 Masculinities 86

'The manly ideal' 89

Dissipation and 'natural character' 98

'The hero as man of letters' 103

Of beetles and dandies 109

3 Queering the pitch 114

Homosexuals, inverts and fairies 116

In and out of the closet 122

Queer sensibilities, queer theory 131

'Anticommunitarian impulses' 138

4 Readers and spectators 147

Gender and the public sphere 150

'Interpretive communities' 161

Spectateur, spectatrice 170

Conclusion 170

Glossary 186

Bibliography 188

Index 198

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