English Masculinities, 1660-1800.

By: Hitchcock, TimContributor(s): Cohen, MichelleMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Women And Men In History: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Description: 1 online resource (487 p.)ISBN: 9781317882503Subject(s): English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism | English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism | English literature -- Male authors -- History and criticism | Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century | Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | Masculinity in literature | Men in literature | Sex role in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: English Masculinities, 1660-1800DDC classification: 820.9/352041 | 820.9352041 LOC classification: PR448.M37 E54 2014Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of abbreviations; Notes on contributors; 1. Introduction; Part One: Sociability; 2. Sociability and misogyny in the life of John Cannon, 1684-1743; 3. Manliness, effeminacy and the French: gender and the construction of national character in eighteenth-century England; Part Two: Virtue and friendship; 4. The body of the friend: continuity and change in masculine friendship in the seventeenth century; The embrace; The table; The bed; The chamber pot; Gender and society; Bodily humour; Desire; Change
5. Homo religiosus: masculinity and religion in the long eighteenth century6. James Boswell's manliness; Boswell as 'man of dignity'; Boswell as 'pretty man'; Boswell as 'blackguard'; Conclusion; Part Three: Violence; 7. Reforming male manners: public insult and the decline of violence in London, 1660-1740; 8. Boys will be boys? Manhood and aggression, 1660-1800; Part Four: Sexuality; 9. 'Nothing is so secret but shall be revealed': the scandalous life of Robert Foulkes; 10. The majesty of the masculine-form': multiplicity and male bodies in eighteenth-century erotica; Part Five: Conclusion
11. The old Adam and the new man: emerging themes in the history of English masculinities, 1750-1850Further reading; Index
Summary: This collection of specially commissioned essays provides the first social history of masculinity in the 'long eighteenth century'. Drawing on diaries, court records and prescriptive literature, it explores the different identities of late Stuart and Georgian men. The heterosexual fop, the homosexual, the polite gentleman, the blackguard, the man of religion, the reader of erotica and the violent aggressor are each examined here, and in the process a new and increasingly important field of historical enquiry is opened up to the non-specialist reader.The book opens with a substantial introduction by the Editors. This provides readers with a detailed context for the chapters which follow. The core of the book is divided into four main parts looking at sociability, virtue and friendship, violence, and sexuality. Within this framework each chapter forms a self-contained unit, with its own methodology, sources and argument. The chapters address issues such as the correlations between masculinity and Protestantism; masculinity, Englishness and taciturnity; and the impact of changing representations of homosexual desire on the social organisation of heterosexuality. Misogyny, James Boswell''s self-presentation, the literary and metaphorical representation of the body, the roles of gossip and violence in men''s lives, are each addressed in individual chapters. The volume is concluded by a wide-ranging synoptic essay by John Tosh, which sets a new agenda for the history of masculinity. An extensive guide to further reading is also provided.Designed for students, academics and the general reader alike, this collection of essays provides a wide-ranging and accessible framework within which to understand eighteenth-century men. Because of the variety of approaches and conclusions it contains, and because this is the first attempt to bring together a comprehensive set of writings on the social history of eighteenth-century masculinity, this volume does something quite new. It de-centres and problematises the male 'standard' and explores the complex and disparate masculinites enacted by the men of this period. This will be essential reading for anyone interested in eighteenth-century British social history.
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Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of abbreviations; Notes on contributors; 1. Introduction; Part One: Sociability; 2. Sociability and misogyny in the life of John Cannon, 1684-1743; 3. Manliness, effeminacy and the French: gender and the construction of national character in eighteenth-century England; Part Two: Virtue and friendship; 4. The body of the friend: continuity and change in masculine friendship in the seventeenth century; The embrace; The table; The bed; The chamber pot; Gender and society; Bodily humour; Desire; Change

5. Homo religiosus: masculinity and religion in the long eighteenth century6. James Boswell's manliness; Boswell as 'man of dignity'; Boswell as 'pretty man'; Boswell as 'blackguard'; Conclusion; Part Three: Violence; 7. Reforming male manners: public insult and the decline of violence in London, 1660-1740; 8. Boys will be boys? Manhood and aggression, 1660-1800; Part Four: Sexuality; 9. 'Nothing is so secret but shall be revealed': the scandalous life of Robert Foulkes; 10. The majesty of the masculine-form': multiplicity and male bodies in eighteenth-century erotica; Part Five: Conclusion

11. The old Adam and the new man: emerging themes in the history of English masculinities, 1750-1850Further reading; Index

This collection of specially commissioned essays provides the first social history of masculinity in the 'long eighteenth century'. Drawing on diaries, court records and prescriptive literature, it explores the different identities of late Stuart and Georgian men. The heterosexual fop, the homosexual, the polite gentleman, the blackguard, the man of religion, the reader of erotica and the violent aggressor are each examined here, and in the process a new and increasingly important field of historical enquiry is opened up to the non-specialist reader.The book opens with a substantial introduction by the Editors. This provides readers with a detailed context for the chapters which follow. The core of the book is divided into four main parts looking at sociability, virtue and friendship, violence, and sexuality. Within this framework each chapter forms a self-contained unit, with its own methodology, sources and argument. The chapters address issues such as the correlations between masculinity and Protestantism; masculinity, Englishness and taciturnity; and the impact of changing representations of homosexual desire on the social organisation of heterosexuality. Misogyny, James Boswell''s self-presentation, the literary and metaphorical representation of the body, the roles of gossip and violence in men''s lives, are each addressed in individual chapters. The volume is concluded by a wide-ranging synoptic essay by John Tosh, which sets a new agenda for the history of masculinity. An extensive guide to further reading is also provided.Designed for students, academics and the general reader alike, this collection of essays provides a wide-ranging and accessible framework within which to understand eighteenth-century men. Because of the variety of approaches and conclusions it contains, and because this is the first attempt to bring together a comprehensive set of writings on the social history of eighteenth-century masculinity, this volume does something quite new. It de-centres and problematises the male 'standard' and explores the complex and disparate masculinites enacted by the men of this period. This will be essential reading for anyone interested in eighteenth-century British social history.

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