Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

"[Sentimental Men] advances our understanding of American culture with contributions of original and often superior research that come together as an interdisciplinary conversation about sentimentalism and masculinity."-Charles Berryman, author of Decade of Novels

"[Sentimental Men] makes a substantial contribution to the ongoing theoretical, historical, and critical project of reassessing sentimental discourse. Like the best of the recent work in this field, this anthology of essays does not merely celebrate what had formerly been execrated by professional readers, but it undertakes to understand the reasons behind celebration and execration alike. More centrally, it endeavors to reveal the 'cultural work' that sentimentalism does, and continues to do, in the overlapping spheres of art and culture."-Katherine Snyder, University of California, Berkeley

Author Biography: Mary Chapman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. Glenn Hendler is Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520216228
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Chapman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. Glenn Hendler is Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Domestic Men
1 Fireside Chastity: The Erotics of Sentimental Bachelorhood in the 1850s 19
2 Feeling for the Fireside: Longfellow, Lynch, and the Topography of Poetic Power 43
3 Then When We Clutch Hardest: On the Death of a Child and the Replication of an Image 64
Pt. II Public Sentiment
4 The Black Body Erotic and the Republican Body Politic, 1790-1820 89
5 Remembering Metacom: Historical Writing and the Cultures of Masculinity in Early Republican America 112
6 Bloated Bodies and Sober Sentiments: Masculinity in 1840s Temperance Narratives 125
7 Sentimental Abolition in Douglass's Decade: Revision, Erotic Conversion, and the Politics of Witnessing in The Heroic Slave and My Bondage and My Freedom 149
8 Chivalric Sentimentalism: The Case of Dr. Howe and Laura Bridgman 163
9 The Gaze of Success: Failed Men and the Sentimental Marketplace, 1873-1893 181
Pt. III Canonical Sentiments
10 Masochism and Male Sentimentalism: Charles Brockden Brown's Clara Howard 205
11 Sentimental and Romantic Masculinities in Moby-Dick and Pierre 226
12 Sentimental Realism in Thomas Eakins's Late Portraits 244
13 Sentimental Tentacles: Frank Norris's The Octopus 259
Notes on Contributors 273
Index 277
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