French Masculinities: History, Politics and Culture

Hardcover | August 15, 2007

EditorChristopher E. Forth

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French Masculinities makes a valuable contribution to gender studies by presenting, for the first time, a comprehensive and critical overview of ideas of how virilité has been imagined in France from the Eighteenth century to the present. Incorporating insights of cultural and social historians as well as specialists in film and literature, this collection approaches masculinities in a complex and interdisciplinary manner that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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French Masculinities makes a valuable contribution to gender studies by presenting, for the first time, a comprehensive and critical overview of ideas of how virilité has been imagined in France from the Eighteenth century to the present. Incorporating insights of cultural and social historians as well as specialists in film and litera...

CHRISTOPHER E. FORTH is a Reader in History at the Australian National University. The author of The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004), he is currently completing a book entitled Civilization and its Malcontents: Masculinity and the Body in the Modern West, forthcoming from Palgrave.BERTRAND TAITHE is a Professor ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 8.87 × 5.77 × 0.81 inPublished:August 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230006612

ISBN - 13:9780230006614

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Introduction: French Manhood in the Modern World--C.E.Forth & B.Taithe * Elite Masculinities in Eighteenth-Century France--A.C.Villa * Men without Women? Ideal Masculinity and Male Sociability in the French Revolution, 1789-99--S.Quinlan * Making Frenchmen into Warriors: Martial Masculinity in Napoleonic France--M.J.Hughes * Neighbourhood Boys and Men: the Changing Spaces of Masculine Identity in France, 1848-1871--B.Taithe * La Civilisation and its Discontents: Modernity, Manhood and the Body in the Early Third Republic--C.E.Forth * Enemies Within: Venerial Disease and the Defence of French Masculinity between the Wars--J.Surkis * Colonial Man--R.Aldrich * In the Name of the Father: Fe/male Masculinites in Vichy France--M.Pollard * Revolt and Recuperation: Masculinities and the Roman Noir in Immediate Post-War France--C.Gorrara * High-Heels or Hiking Boots? Masculinity, Effeminacy and Male Homosexuals in Modern France--M.Sibalis * Cinematic Stardom, Shifting Masculinties--M.O'Shaughnessy * Virilité in Post-War France: Intellectual Masculinity, Jewishness and Sexual Potency--J-P.Boulé * Threatening Virility in the French Banlieues, 1989-2005--A.Rauch * Afterword--R.Nye

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"A welcome addition to the growing corpus of collected articles on the history of masculinity. What this collection does especially well is provide an overview of the history." --Morag Martin, Medical History "In Forth and Taithe's edited collection we now have an excellent survey of the changing notions of what - over the course of three centuries - it meant to be a man in France." --Angus McLaren, European History Quarterly