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.
“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
"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)
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
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.