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
     
 

In this study of upper-class masculinity from the of the ancien régime in 1789 to the of World War I, Robert Nye argues that manhood, masculinity, and male sexuality is, like femininity, a cultural construct, comprising a strict set of heroic ideals and codes of honor which few men have been able to realize in practice. In doing so, Nye destabilizes and… See more details below

Overview

In this study of upper-class masculinity from the of the ancien régime in 1789 to the of World War I, Robert Nye argues that manhood, masculinity, and male sexuality is, like femininity, a cultural construct, comprising a strict set of heroic ideals and codes of honor which few men have been able to realize in practice. In doing so, Nye destabilizes and historicizes the male body, and incorporates gender into the brand of cultural history inaugurated by Norbert Elias in the 1930s.

Author Biography: Robert A. Nye is Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon State University. He is the author of Crime, Madness, and Politics in Modern France (1984).

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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