A Class Apart: The Military Man in French and British Fiction, 1740-1789 by Karen LaceyA Class Apart: The Military Man in French and British Fiction, 1740-1789 by Karen Lacey

A Class Apart: The Military Man in French and British Fiction, 1740-1789

byKaren Lacey

Paperback | April 26, 2016

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The military man has long been one of literature’s archetypal figures. Using a comparative framework, this book traces the transformation of the military man in eighteenth-century British and French literature as this figure moved from noble warrior to nationalised professional in response to changes within the military structure, the role of empire and the impact of an expanding middle class. The author examines the way in which the masculinity of the military man was reimagined at a time when older models of military service persisted alongside emerging models of patriotic nationalism, inspired by bourgeois morality, the cult of sensibility and a new understanding of the role of violence in both public and private domains. Through a corpus of canonical and lesser-known literature, the book explores the military man’s relationship to the state and to his fellow citizens, even in the domestic setting. With the role of the «nobleman» in decline, the military man, not a «civilian» and no longer associated with the ‘aristocrat’, became a separate class of man.
Karen Lacey received her first degree from Birkbeck, University of London, and her PhD from King’s College London, where she is currently a Visiting Research Fellow.
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Title:A Class Apart: The Military Man in French and British Fiction, 1740-1789Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.9 × 5.97 × 0.5 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034318871

ISBN - 13:9783034318877

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Table of Contents

Contents: The Fetish of the Sword – Young Men in a Military Profession – The Selfless Veteran in an Empire – Mercenaries in a Nation of Citizens – The Justicier in the Eighteenth-Century Domestic Tragedy.

Editorial Reviews

«By not weighing the work down with too much specialist terminology from any one discipline Lacey makes it accessible to all — an admirable feat. The clarity, depth, and breadth of the research make this a rewarding read for scholars from a wide range of disciplines and a worthy addition to any collection.»
(Ciaran McDonnell, French Studies Vol. 71. Issue 4 2017)