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Ranging from questions of epic violence and heroic embodiments of manhood to constructions of bachelorhood, husbandry, and sainthood, Medieval Masculinities is the first synthesis of medieval and gender studies to focus on masculinities. Harry Brod, editor of The Making of Masculinities "We should not be working [exclusively] on the subjected sex any more than a historian of class can focus exclusively on peasants."-Natalie Zemon Davis, 1975 In the years since Natalie Davis made this remark, men's studies, and gender studies along with it, has earned its place in scholarship. What is often missing from such studies, however, is the insight that the concept of gender in general, and that of masculinity in particular, can be understood only in relation to individual societies, examined at specific historical and cultural moments. A brilliant application of this insight, Medieval Masculinities is the first full-length collection to explore the issues of men's studies and contemporary theories of gender within the context of the Middle Ages. Interdisciplinary and multicultural, the essays range from matrimony in medieval Italy to bachelorhood in Renaissance Venice, from friars and saints to the male animal in the fables of Marie de France, from manhood in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf, and the Roman d'Eneas to men as "other," whether Muslim or Jew, in medieval Castilian epic and ballad. The authors are especially concerned with cultural manifestations of masculinity that transcend this particular historical period-idealized gender roles, political and economic factors in structuring social institutions, and the impact of masculinist ideology in fostering and maintaining power. Together, their essays constitute an important reassessment of traditional assumptions within medieval studies as well as a major contribution to the evolving study of gender. Contributors Christopher Baswell, Barnard College Vern L. Bullough, SUNY, Buffalo Stanley Chojnacki, Michigan State University John Coakley, New Brunswick Theological Seminary Thelma Fenster, Fordham University Clare Kinney, University of Virginia Clare A. Lees, University of Pennsylvania Jo Ann McNamara, Hunter College Louise Mirrer, Fordham University Harriet Spiegel, California State University, Chico Susan Mosher Stuard, Haverford College

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface: Why Men?
  2. Thelma Fenster
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Clare A. Lees
  3. pp. xv-xxvi
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  1. Part I. Constructing Masculinities
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Herrenfrage: The Restructuring of the Gender System, 1050-1150
  2. Jo Ann McNamara
  3. pp. 3-30
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  1. 2. On Being a Male in the Middle Ages
  2. Vein L. Bullough
  3. pp. 31-46
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  1. 3. The (Dis)Embodied Hero and the Signs of Manhood in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  2. Clare R. Kinney
  3. pp. 47-58
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  1. Part II. Men in Institutions
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. 4. Burdens of Matrimony: Husbanding and Gender in Medieval Italy
  2. Susan Moshei Stuard
  3. pp. 61-72
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  1. 5. Subaltern Patriarchs: Patrician Bachelors in Renaissance Venice
  2. Stanley Chojnacki
  3. pp. 73-90
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  1. 6. Friars, Sanctity, and Gender: Mendicant Encounters with Saints, 1250-1325
  2. John Coakley
  3. pp. 91-110
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  1. 7. The Male Animal in the Fables of Marie de France
  2. Harriet Spiegel
  3. pp. 111-126
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  1. Part III. Epic and Empire
  2. pp. 127-128
  1. 8. Men and Beowulf
  2. Claie A. Lees
  3. pp. 129-148
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  1. 9. Men in the Roman d'Eneas: The Construction of Empire
  2. Christopher Baswell
  3. pp. 149-168
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  1. 10. Representing "Other" Men: Muslims, Jews, and Masculine Ideals in Medieval Castilian Epic and Ballad
  2. Louise Minei
  3. pp. 169-186
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-193
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