What is Masculinity?: Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World

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Across history, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied much between time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This book analyses the dynamics of "masculinity" as both an ideology and lived experience — how men have tried, and failed, to be "Real Men."

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Across history, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied much between time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This book analyses the dynamics of "masculinity" as both an ideology and lived experience — how men have tried, and failed, to be "Real Men."

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JOHN H. ARNOLD is Professor of Medieval History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He works on various aspects of medieval culture and modern historiography.

SEAN BRADY is Lecturer in Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is an historian of modern British history and his Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britain, 1861-1913 has been internationally influential on the field. Both he and John H. Arnold are convening editors of Palgrave Macmillan's series Genders and Sexualities in History.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; J.H.Arnold &S.Brady
PART I: PARADIGMS AND NOMENCLATURE
The History of Masculinity: an Outdated Concept?; J.Tosh
Can the Hegemon Speak? Reading Masculinity through Anthropology; D.F.Janssen
The Whig Interpretation of Masculinity? Honour and Sexuality in Late Medieval Manhood; C.Fletcher
Masculinity without Conflict: Noblemen in Eighth and Ninth-Century Francia; R.Stone
PART II: MASCULINITY AND HEGEMONY
Masculinities in Early Hellenistic Athens; H.Berg
Masculinity as a World Historical Category of Analysis; S.Yarrow
Hegemonic Masculinities? Assessing Change and Process of Change in Elite Masculinity, 1700-1900; H.French 
M.Rothery
Masculinity and Fatherhood in England c. 1760-1830; J.Bailey
PART III: MATURING AND ADULTHOOD
Athenian Pederasty and the Construction of Masculinity; T.K.Hubbard
An Orchard, a Love Letter, and Three Bastards: the Formation of Adult Male Identity in a Fifteenth-Century Family; R.E.Moss
'To make a Man without Reason': Examining Manhood and Manliness in Early Modern England; J.Jordan
'Boys, Semi-Men and Bearded Scholars': Maturity and Manliness in early Nineteenth-Century Oxford; H.Ellis
PART IV: DOMESTICITIES
St. Francis of Assisi and the Making of Settlement Masculinity, 1883-1914; L.Matthews-Jones
Homes Fit for Homos: Joe Orton, Masculinity, and the Domesticated Queer; M.Cook
Three Faces of Fatherhood as a Masculine Category: Tyrants, Teachers, and Workaholics as 'Responsible Family Men' during Canada's Baby Boom; R.Rutherdale
PART V: MODERN FRONTIERS
Cow Boys, Cattle Men, and Competing Masculinities on the Texas Frontier; J.M.Moore
Valorising Samurai Masculinity through Biblical Language: Christianity, Oscar Wilde, and Natsume Soseki's novel Kokoro; K.Miyazaki
'Proper Government and Discipline': Family Religion and Masculine Authority in Nineteenth-Century Canada; N.Christie
Punters and their Prostitutes: British Soldiers, Masculinity, and maisons tolérées in the First World War; C.Makepeace
Conclusion
Masculinities, Histories, and Memories; V.Jeleniewski Seidler

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