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The Masculinity Studies Reader is a collection of previously published essays that have defined the interdisciplinary study of masculinity. Bringing together scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, this volume serves multiple functions as a teaching companion, introduction to the field, and scholarly resource. Showcasing key theorists, including Kimmel, Silverman, Halperin, Freud, Dyer, Boyarin, and Fanon, the Reader seeks to reconceptualize the masculinity studies debate along the axes of empire, borders, representations, the social sciences, and eroticism, as well as across such diverse fields as film, anthropology, women's studies, sociology, and queer theory. An introductory essay written by the editors frames widely-read and -cited work in a new context that is intended simultaneously to establish the contours of, and to raise questions about, masculinity as a field of academic inquiry.

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Editorial Reviews

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"These essays are, individually, insightful and often arresting. Taken together, they are prismatic, illuminating this new interdisciplinary area of scholarly inquiry. With this collection, masculinity studies comes of age as an academic field." Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stony Brook

"This anthology identifies the need in contemporary cultural studies for more elaborate understandings of the relations of various masculinities to power, nation, empire, violence, race, class, and embodiment. The editors must be commended for producing a volume which answers to this need and brings together an eclectic, multidisciplinary, and wide-ranging collection of essays in response. Bound to become required reading in gender studies and beyond!" University of California at San Diego

"The instructor-friendly anthology of 22 previously published essays dating primarily from 1970 to 2000, is destined to become a standard in courses on gender and masculinity. Rachel Adams and David Savran have chosen fascinating articles that will be both challenging and accessible to university students at all levels" Journal of Contemporary European Studies

"Adams and Savran provide extrcta from a number of key sources that lay the foundations for understanding masculinities through a cultural studies oriented approach" Sexualities

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631226604
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2002
  • Series: KeyWorks in Cultural Studies Series, #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Adams is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her writing includes the book Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Imagination (2001) and articles in American Literature, Camera Obscura, GLQ, and Michigan Quarterly.

David Savran is Professor of Theatre at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has written two books on masculinity: Taking It Like a Man: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture (1998) and Communists, Cowboys, and Queers: The Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams (1992).

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Table of Contents


Editors’ Acknowledgments.

Introduction (Rachel Adams and David Savran).

Part I: Eroticism.


1. Some Psychological Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes (Sigmund Freud).

2. Masochism and Male Subjectivity (Kaja Silverman).

3. Subject Honor, Object Shame (Roger Lancaster).

4. The Democratic Body: Prostitution and Citizenship in Classical Athens (David Halperin).

Part II: Social Sciences.


5. Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight (Clifford Geertz).

6. Toward a New Sociology of Masculinity (Tim Carrigan, Bob Connell, and John Lee).

7. The Fraternal Social Contract (Carole Pateman).

8. The Birth of the Self-made Man (Michael Kimmel).

Part III: Representations. .


9. The Beast in the Closet: James and the Writing of Homosexual Panic (Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick).

10. The Woman Warrior versus The Chinaman Pacific: Must a Chinese American Critic Choose between Feminism and Heroism (King-Kok Cheung).

11. Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial Difference and the Homoerotic Imaginary (Kobena Mercer).

12. Bonds of (In)Difference (Robyn Wiegman).

Part IV: Empire and Modernity.


13. The Fact of Blackness (Frantz Fanon).

14. The History of Masculinity (R. W. Connell).

15. The White Man's Muscles (Richard Dyer).

16. What Does a Jew Want? or, The Political Meaning of the Phallus (Daniel Boyarin).

17. The Economy of Colonial Desire (Revathi Krishnaswamy).

18. Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian Intifada (Julie Peteet).

Part V: Borders.


19. Homosexuality and the Signs of Male Friendship in Elizabethan England (Alan Bray).

20. An Introduction to Female Masculinity (Judith Halberstam).

21. "That Sexe Which Prevaileth" (Anne Fausto-Sterling).

22. The Gender of Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Don Kulick).


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