Constructions Of Masculinity In British Literature From The Middle Ages To The Present

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

EditorStefan Horlacher

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This collection provides a unique and comprehensive historical overview of how masculinity has been constructed within national literature. Through a sustained focus on the nexus between gender, sexuality, language, and literature for the construction of identity, it represents an important contribution to the theoretical understanding of key British literary texts from the perspective of masculinity studies.

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This collection provides a unique and comprehensive historical overview of how masculinity has been constructed within national literature. Through a sustained focus on the nexus between gender, sexuality, language, and literature for the construction of identity, it represents an important contribution to the theoretical understanding...

Stefan Horlacher is a professor of English Literature at Dresden University of Technology. He has published widely on English literature as well as on masculinity studies and gender studies, media studies, psychoanalysis, and theories of the comic. His latest publications are Masculinities: Conceptions of Masculinity in the Works of T...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230115098

ISBN - 13:9780230115095

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Visuality and the Criticism of Visuality in the Work of John Fowles * Masculinities: Conceptions of Masculinity in the Works of Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence *Taboo and Transgression in British Literature from the Renaissance to the Present * Gender and Laughter: Comic Affirmation and Subversion in Traditional and Modern Media * 'What Makes a Woman a Woman?' - 'What Makes a Man a Man?' Constructions of Gender from an Interdisciplinary and Diachronic Perspective * Beyond Extremes: Repre¬sentations of and Reflections on Processes of Modernization in the Con¬temporary British Novel * Literature and the Art of Living: Reflections on the 'Good Life' in 19th and 20th Century British Novels * Conceptions of the Feminine and Gen¬der Role Stereotyping in the Later Work of D.H. Lawrence: 'The Plumed Serpent', 'Fantasia of the Un¬conscious' and 'Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious' * In Search of Truth. Poems, Essays, and Papers in Honor of Theo Stemmler * The Sense of Nonsense. On Nonsense Poetry from the Mid¬dle Ages to the 20th Century * Forms of the Sonnet * Sexuality and the Poem

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"[A] very enjoyable and wide-ranging collection . . . [These essays] offer refreshing and, more often than not, original perspectives on a broad range of struggles for masculine identity." - Anglia