Synopses & Reviews
In this path-breaking history of manhood and masculinity, Angus McLaren examines how nineteenth- and twentieth-century western society created what we now take to be the traditional model of the heterosexual male.
"Inherently interesting. . . . Exhibitionism, pornography, and deception all have their place here."—Library Journal
"An appealing wealth of evidence of what trials can reveal about the boundaries of men's roles around the turn of the century."—Kirkus Reviews
"It is difficult to imagine a better guide to the most notorious scandals of our great-grandparents' day."—Graham Rosenstock, Lambda Book Report
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-296) and index.
About the Author
is a leading figure in the history of sexuality, professor emeritus of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of several books, includingThe Trials of Masculinity: Policing of Sexual Boundaries, 1870–1930
;A Prescription for Murder
; andImpotence: A Cultural History
Table of Contents
Pt. 1: Masculinities
Pt. 2: Legal Discourses: Men, Melodrama, and Criminality
Pt. 3: Medical Discourses: Weak Men and Perverts