Revealing Male Bodies

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Overview

Revealing Male Bodies is the first scholarly collection to directly confront male lived experience. There has been an explosion of work in men’s studies, masculinity issues, and male sexuality, in addition to a growing literature exploring female embodiment. Missing from the current literature, however, is a sustained analysis of the phenomenology of male-gendered bodies. Revealing Male Bodies addresses this omission by examining how male bodies are physically and experientially constituted by the economic, theoretical, and social practices in which men are immersed.

Contributors include Susan Bordo, William Cowling, Terry Goldie, Maurice Hamington, Don Ihde, Greg Johnson, Björn Krondorfer, Alphonso Lingis, Patrick McGann, Paul McIlvenny, Terrance MacMullan, Jim Perkinson, Steven P. Schacht, Richard Schmitt, Nancy Tuana, Craig L. Wilkins, and John Zuern.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

G. D. Claiborne

"The five editors (four males and a female) deliver everything implied by their book's provocative title in these 13 essays addressing an absence of male embodiment in feminist literature. Their five-year-long collaborative effort legitimizes itself as scholarly by having produced and elicited works grounded mainly in philosophical concepts of Michel Foucault, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jacques Lacan. Arranged in four principal parts—The Phallus and the Penis, Masculine Myths and Male Bodies, Constructing Male Space, and Ethical Significance of Male Bodies—the essays reflect their authors' diverse backgrounds in philosophy, theology, sociology, religious studies, intercultural studies, literacy, language, rhetoric, literary studies, English, and architecture. The bounty of this team's clarity and persistence is incisive exploration into myths and concepts of masculinity and the lived male experience. Themes, for example, concern the ways that race, sex and sexuality, gender, identity, power, and space impact socially, politically, and personally as well as ethically and spiritually. This is a book that one recommends but does not lend, peruses and returns to, and that will prompt one to finish that journal article or register for that course of study. It surely will stimulate any reader. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections." —G. D. Claiborne, University of Maryland University College, 2003mar CHOICE

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"The five editors (four males and a female) deliver everything implied by their book's provocative title in these 13 essays addressing an absence of male embodiment in feminist literature. Their five-year-long collaborative effort legitimizes itself as scholarly by having produced and elicited works grounded mainly in philosophical concepts of Michel Foucault, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jacques Lacan. Arranged in four principal parts—The Phallus and the Penis, Masculine Myths and Male Bodies, Constructing Male Space, and Ethical Significance of Male Bodies—the essays reflect their authors' diverse backgrounds in philosophy, theology, sociology, religious studies, intercultural studies, literacy, language, rhetoric, literary studies, English, and architecture. The bounty of this team's clarity and persistence is incisive exploration into myths and concepts of masculinity and the lived male experience. Themes, for example, concern the ways that race, sex and sexuality, gender, identity, power, and space impact socially, politically, and personally as well as ethically and spiritually. This is a book that one recommends but does not lend, peruses and returns to, and that will prompt one to finish that journal article or register for that course of study. It surely will stimulate any reader. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections." —G. D. Claiborne, University of Maryland University College, 2003mar CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253214812
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tuana is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She works in the area of philosophy of science, epistemology, and feminist science studies. She has published The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman’s Nature and Woman and the History of Philosophy, and is currently at work on Philosophy of Science Studies. She has edited six anthologies including Feminism and Science and Feminist Interpretations of Plato. She is currently co-editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and series editor of the Penn State Press series Re-Reading the Canon.

William Cowling is a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is the author (with Nancy Tuana) of "The Presence and Absence of the Feminine in Plato’s Philosophy" in Feminist Interpretations of Plato. Cowling’s research interests include the role of embodied narratives in science practice and the manner which narrative structures frame the content, context, and status of scientific theories.

Maurice Hamington received a Ph.D. in Religion and Ethics and a Graduate Certificate in the Study of Men and Women in Society from the University of Southern California and he is currently completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He served as a Research Scholar in the Study of Women at the University of California, Los Angeles and was the founding Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. He is the author of Hail Mary? The Struggle for Ultimate Womanhood in Catholicism.He currently teaches at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

Greg Johnson is Assistant Professor of philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University. His areas of specialty are contemporary Continental philosophy, with special interest in hermeneutics, phenomenology and critical theory. He also teaches political philosophy, philosophy of religion and feminist theory.

Terrance MacMullan s a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oregon, where he has worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and the Humanities. He is currently completing his dissertation, which develops a pragmatist critique of whiteness in the U.S. His other areas of interest include social and political philosophy, the history of nineteenth and twentieth century American and Continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, and feminist theory.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface by Nancy Tuana
Introduction: "What is Male Embodiment?" by Terrance MacMullan

Part 1. The Phallus and the Penis
1. Does Size Matter? by Susan Bordo
2. Large Propagators: Racism and the Domination of Women by Richard Schmitt
3. The Future of the Phallus: Time, Mastery, and the Male Body by John Zuern

Part 2. Masculine Myths and Male Bodies
4. Eating Muscle: Material-Semiotic and a Manly Appetite by Patrick McGann
5. The Disabled Male Body 'Writes/Draws' Back: Graphic Fictions of Masculinity and the Body of the Autobiographical Comic The Spiral Cage by Paul McIlvenny
6. Dragging Out the Queen: Male Femaling and Male Feminism by Terry Goldie
7. A Man by Alphonso Lingis
8. Turnabout: Gay Drag Queens and the Masculine Embodiment of the Feminine by Steven P. Schacht

Part 3. Constructing Male Space
9. The Body of White Space: Beyond Stiff Voices, Flaccid Feelings and Silent Cells by Jim Perkinson
10. Brothers/Others: Gonna Paint the White House Black... by Craig Wilkins

Part 4. Ethical Significance of Male Bodies
11. The Tall and Short of It: Male Sports Bodies by Don Ihde
12. Revealing the Non-Absent Male Body: Confessions of an African Bishop and a Jewish Ghetto Policeman by Björn Krondorfer
13. A Father's Touch: Caring Embodiment and a Moral Revolution by Maurice Hamington
14. Postscript: "The Phenomenological Challenge: The One and the Many" by William Cowling and Maurice Hamington

Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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