Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France / Edition 1

Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France / Edition 1

by Robert A. Nye
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195046498

ISBN-13: 9780195046496

Pub. Date: 03/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Gender studies have become an area of great interest in many disciplines. Here, Nye examines the evolving definitions of masculinity in France since the eighteenth century. Specifically, Nye looks at how the aristocratic ethos of male honor, rooted in a society of landlords, hunters, and warriors, adapted to a society motivated by utilitarian values, town life, and

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Gender studies have become an area of great interest in many disciplines. Here, Nye examines the evolving definitions of masculinity in France since the eighteenth century. Specifically, Nye looks at how the aristocratic ethos of male honor, rooted in a society of landlords, hunters, and warriors, adapted to a society motivated by utilitarian values, town life, and rational law. He focuses on the cultural practices and mentality of middle and upper class males and the appeal of their codes to men throughout French society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195046496
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
Studies in the History of Sexuality Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: Sex, Society, and Identity3
2Honor and Male Identity in the Old Regime15
3The Roots of Bourgeois Honorability31
4Sex Difference and the "Separate Spheres,"47
5Population, Degeneration, and Reproduction72
6Male Sexual Identity and the "Perversions" in the Fin de Siecle98
7Bourgeois Sociability and the Point d'Honneur: 1800-1860127
8The Culture of the Sword: Manliness and Fencing in the Third Republic148
9Honor and the Duel in the Third Republic, 1860-1914172
Dueling and the Law173
How Many Duels?183
The Journalistic Duel187
The Political Duel191
The "Serious" Duel200
The "Futile" Duel210
10Conclusion: Courage216
Notes229
Bibliography of Selected Secondary Works297
Index311

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