A History of Virility by Alain CorbinA History of Virility by Alain Corbin

A History of Virility

EditorAlain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello

Hardcover | February 16, 2016

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How has the meaning of manhood changed over time? A History of Virility proposes a series of answers to this question by describing a trajectory that begins with ancient conceptions of male domination and privilege and examining how it persisted, with significant alterations, for centuries. While the mainstream of virility was challenged during the Enlightenment, its preeminence was restored by social forms of male bonding in the nineteenth century. Pacifist, feminist, and gay rights movements chipped away at models and codes of virility during the next hundred years, leading to the twentieth century's disclosing of a "virility on edge," or virility as an unstable entity dispossessed of any automatic claim to power.

These original essays, written by an international group of scholars including Arlette Farge, Jean-Paul Bertaud, Christelle Taraud, and Fabrice Virgili, add an intriguing sociohistorical dimension to our understanding of the evolution of virility. Unsettling received notions of political and cultural critique, these authors consider painting, sculpture, literature, film, and philosophy to expand our knowledge of fascism, nationalism, liberalism, classicism, and colonialism.

Alain Corbin is a French historian and specialist of nineteenth-century France. His publications include Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France After 1850; The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination; Village Bells; and The Life of an Unknown.Jean-Jacques Courtine is professor of European studies at...
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Title:A History of VirilityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:768 pagesPublished:February 16, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Translator's NotePreface1. Greek Virilities, by Maurice Sartre2. Roman Virilities: Vir, Virilitas, Virtus, by Jean-Paul Thuillier3. Barbarian and KnightThe Barbarian World: Hybridity and Transformation of Virility, by Bruno DumézilThe Medieval: Strength and Blood, by Claude Thomasset4. Absolute Virility in the Early Modern WorldModern Virility: Convictions and Questionings, by Georges VigarelloVirility and Its "Others": The Representation of Paradoxical Masculinity, by Lawrence D. KritzmanExamples from Painting, by Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen5. The Virile Man and the Savage in the Lands of Exploration, by Georges Vigarello6. Uneasy Virility in the Age of EnlightenmentCommon Folks' Virility, by Arlette FargeMen of Fiction, by Michel Delon7. The Code of Virility: InculcationThe Triumph of Virility in the Nineteenth Century, by Alain CorbinChildhood, or the "Journey Toward Virility," by Ivan Jablonka8. The Duel and the Defense of Virile Honor, by François Guillet9. The Necessary Manifestation of Sexual Energy, by Alain Corbin10. Military Virility, by Jean-Paul Bertaud11. Virility in the Colonial Context, from the Late Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century, by Christelle Taraud12. The Burden of VirilityThe Injunction of Virility, Source of Anguish and Anxiety, by Alain CorbinHomosexuality and Virility, by Régis Revenin13. The Great War and the History of Virility, by Stéphane Andoin Rouzeau14. Origins and Transformations of Male DominationImpossible Virility, by Jean-Jacques CourtineAnthropology of Virility: The Fear of Powerlessness, by Claudine Haroche15. Virilities on Edge, Violent Virilities, by Fabrice Virgili16. Virility Through the Looking Glass of Women, by Christine Bard17. "One Is Not Born Virile, One Becomes So," by Arnaud Baubérot18. Fascist Virility, by Johann Chapoutot19. Working-Class Virility, by Thierry Pillon20. Homosexual Transformations, by Florence Tamagne21. Exhibitions: Virility Stripped Bare, by Bruno Nassim Aboudar22. Brawn in Civilization: Virile Myth and Muscular Power, by Jean-Jacques CourtineNotesIndex

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