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Masculinities in Theory: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6860-1
248 pages
January 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Masculinities in Theory is a clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the field of masculinity studies from a humanities perspective.  
  • Serves as a much-needed introduction to the field for students and scholars of cultural studies, literature, art, film, communication, history, and gender studies

  • Includes discussions of gay/queer, feminist, and gender studies in relation to masculinity

  • Covers the key theoretical approaches to the study of masculinity, and introduces new models

  • Explores the question What is masculinity and how does it work?  

  • Looks at language, discourse, signification, power, cross-dressing, female, queer and transsexual masculinity, race and masculinity, nation and masculinity, interracial masculinities, and masculinities in history

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Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Study of Masculinity.

1. Theorizing Masculinity.

2. Social Masculinity and Triangulation.

3. Sexing Masculinity.

4. Theorizing the Male Body.

5. Masculinity in Disguise.

6. Non-Male Masculinities.

7. Masculinity and Racialized Subjectivities.

8. Masculinity and the Nation.

9. Interracial Masculinities.

10. Unstable Time: Masculinity in History.

Index.

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Todd Reeser is Associate Professor of French and gender studies at the University of Pittsburg.  He has published on gender and sexuality in Renaissance literature, critical theory, and French film. He is the author of Moderating Masculinity in Early Modern Culture (2006) and co-editor of Entre hommes: French and Francophone Masculinities in Culture and Theory (2008).
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  • Serves as a much-needed introduction to the field for students and scholars of cultural studies, literature, art, film, communication, history, and gender studies

  • Includes discussions of gay/queer, feminist, and gender studies in relation to masculinity

  • Covers the key theoretical approaches to the study of masculinity, and introduces new models

  • Explores the question “What is masculinity and how does it work?” 

  • Looks at language, discourse, signification, power, cross-dressing, female, queer and transsexual masculinity, race and masculinity, nation and masculinity, interracial masculinities, and masculinities in history

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"Moreover, the book's clear, jargon-free language and logical train of thought make Masculinities in Theory a proper springboard for discussions in academic studies of masculinity." (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS), 2012)

“For students and scholars alike, Masculinities in Theory offers the most comprehensive overview of masculinity studies available, with highly engaging discussions of the stakes, theoretical approaches, and future directions of this field.
Lewis Seifert, Brown University

“The first overview of its kind, Masculinities in Theory is an invaluable resource for students of all levels, as well as for scholars exploring the fields of gender and masculinity studies for the first time. Reeser’s nuanced discussion introduces key theoretical concepts and approaches while also cogently exploring their limitations, evolution, and disciplinary history.”
Jeffrey N. Peters, University of Kentucky

“Skillfully describing masculinity as an inherently multiple and unstable concept, ideology, and practice, Masculinities in Theory is an indispensable guide to understanding male (en)gendering in diverse works, contexts, and cultures.”
David LaGuardia, Dartmouth College

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