Signs of Masculinity

Men in Literature 1700 to the Present


Masculinity is becoming an increasingly popular area of study in areas as diverse as sociology, politics and cultural studies, yet significant research is lacking into connections between masculinity and literature. Signs of Masculinity aims at beginning to fill the gap. Starting with an introduction to, and intervention within, numerous debates concerning the cultural construction of various masculinities, the volume then continues with an investigation of representations of masculinity in literature from 1700 to the present. Close readings of texts are intended to demonstrate that masculinity is not a theoretical abstract, but a definitive textual and cultural phenomenon that needs to be recognised in the study of literature. It is hoped that the wide-ranging essays, which raise numerous issues, and are written from a variety of methodological approaches, will appeal to undergraduate, postgraduates and lecturers interest in the crucial but under-researched area of masculinity.

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Emma LIGGINS, Antony ROWLAND & Eriks USKALIS: Introduction. Stephen GREGG: 'Strange Longing' and Horror' in Robinson Crusoe. Emma LIGGINS: 'Such fine young chaps as them!': Representations of the Male Criminal in the Newgate Novel. Daniel DUFFY: 'Fiends instead of men': Sarah Ellis, Anne Brontë, and the Eclipse of the Early-Victorian Masculine Ideal. Liz HEDGECOCK: 'A Man of His Day': Literary Evolution and Masculinity in George Gissing's New Grub Street. Scott MCCRACKEN: 'I am the lover and the loved- I have lost and found my identity': Edward Carpenter and fin-de-siècle Masculinities. Matthew PATEMAN: 'Coming on Strong': The Abjection of Pornography. William STEPHENSON: Sex, Drugs and the Economics of Masculinity in William Golding's Rites of Passage. Antony ROWLAND: Class and Masculinity in Tony Harrison's 'Me Tarzan' and 'V'. John MCLEOD: Men Against Masculinity: The Fiction of Ian McEwan. Eriks USKALIS: Making the 'Public' Male: Performing Masculinities, Power and Tradition in Graham Swift's Waterland and Peter Carey's The Tax Inspector.