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This book offers an innovative account of manliness in Britain between 1760 and 1900. Using diverse textual, visual and material culture sources, it shows that masculinities were produced and disseminated through men’s bodies –often working-class ones – and the emotions and material culture associated with them. The book analyses idealised men who stimulated desire and admiration, including virile boxers, soldiers, sailors and blacksmiths, brave firemen and noble industrial workers. It also investigates unmanly men, such as drunkards, wife-beaters and masturbators, who elicited disgust and aversion. Unusually, Manliness in Britain runs from the eras of feeling, revolution and reform to those of militarism, imperialism, representative democracy and mass media, periods often dealt with separately by historians of masculinities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of figures
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Making manliness manifest: an introduction
  2. pp. 1-33
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  1. Figures, faces, and desire: male bodies and manliness
  2. pp. 34-67
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  1. Appetites, passions, and disgust: the penalties and paradoxes of unmanliness
  2. pp. 68-100
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  1. Hearts of oak: martial manliness and material culture
  2. pp. 101-135
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  1. Homeward bound: manliness and the home
  2. pp. 136-167
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  1. Brawn and bravery: glorifying the working body
  2. pp. 168-202
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  1. The measure of a man: an epilogue
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. Select bibliography
  2. pp. 215-221
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 222-225
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781526128584
Related ISBN
9781526128577
MARC Record
OCLC
1142630190
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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