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Meanings for Manhood

The stereotype of the Victorian man as a flinty, sexually repressed patriarch belies the remarkably wide variety of male behaviors and conceptions of manhood during the mid- to late- nineteenth century. A complex pattern of alternative and even competing behaviors and attitudes emerges in this important collection of essays that points toward a "gendered history" of men.

287 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1990

Gender and Sexuality

History: American History

Table of Contents

Part One: Constructions of Masculinity from Boyhood to Adulthood
Boy Culture: Middle-Class Boyhood in Nineteenth Century American
E. Anthony Rotundo
Middle-Class Men and the Solace of Fraternal Ritual
Mark C. Carnes
The Madness of Separate Spheres: Insanity and Masculinity in Victorian Alabama
John Starrett Hughes
The Son of Man and God the Father: The Social Gospel and Victorian Masculinity
Susan Curtis
Part Two: Constructions of Masculinity in Friendship and Marriage
Abolitionists and the "Language of Fraternal Love"
Donald Yacovone
Divorce and the Legal Redefinition of Victorian Manhood
Robert L. Griswold
Suburban Men and Masculine Domesticity, 1870-1915
Margaret Marsh
Part Three: Constructions of Masculinity in Work and the Workplace
Institutionalizing Masculinity: The Law as a Masculine Profession
Michael Grossberg
Acquiring Manly Competence: The Demise of Apprenticeship and the Remasculinization of Printers’ Work
Ava Baron
Masculinity and Mobility: The Dilemma of Lancashire Weavers and Spinners in late-Nineteenth-Century Fall River, Massachusetts
Mary H. Blewett
Part Four: Looking toward Future Research
Reconstructing Masculinity from the Evangelical Revival to the Waning of Progressivism: A Speculative Synthesis
Clyde Griffen
On Men’s History and Women’s History
Nancy F. Cott

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