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Masculinities in Theory: An Introductionby Todd W. Reeser
Synopses & Reviews
Masculinities in Theory aims to provide a response to the important and complicated question: “What is masculinity and how does it work?” The volume is intended to serve as a clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the field of masculinity studies from a humanities perspective.
This user-friendly text, designed with the beginning student in mind, will include discussions of the following issues central to any discussion of masculinity: the place of gay/queer, feminist, and gender studies in relation to masculinity; gender performativity, “habitus,” and abjection; how the work of theorists like Butler, Bourdieu can be placed in direct dialogue with masculinity; selected categories of analysis commonly used in the study of masculinities, including castration anxiety, the male body, and cross-dressing; key concepts relating to racialized masculinities, colonizer/colonized relations, interracial homosociality, and racial castration.
A series of bibliographical essays at the conclusion of Masculinities in Theory will help guide readers interested in expanding their understanding of the concepts presented to primary and secondary texts on or around masculinity.
Masculinities in Theory is a clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the field of masculinity studies from a humanities perspective.??
About the Author
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).
Table of Contents
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.
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