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Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France
     

Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

by Robert A. Nye
 
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.

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"Robert Nye...has taken up the daunting challenges of writing about masculinity through a courageously eclectic approach. Few theoretical stones remain unturned...the chronological sweep is no less impressive, from the Old Regime to about 1920....frequently fascinating."—Journal of Modern History

"Robert Nye has written a provocative book. Indeed, if you are interested in understanding the cultural construction of masculinity, this is a book that could change your life."—Journal of the History of Medicine

"The material Nye presents is fascinating, and often amusing...Argued with impressive scholarship, exhaustive mastery of the secondary literature, painstaking examination of method and theory, and careful archival selection."—Times Literary Supplement

"Nye's book...constitutes a significant contribution to the study of masculinity in the 19th century. It reminds us how complex the study of sexuality and masculinity can be, as they remain inextricably tied to virtually every area of human experience."—Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Newsletter

"Nye's work is a fascinating study based on solid archival research and a thorough grasp of the literature...This provocative and often amusing book is a valuable addition to the growing field of male gender history."—Journal of Social History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195364392
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/18/1993
Series:
Studies in the History of Sexuality
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author


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).

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