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    DescriptionFrom the publication of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in 1726 to Josef Boruwlaski's Memoirs of the Celebrated Dwarf in 1788, eighteenth-century English literature, art, science, and popular culture exhibited an unprecedented fascination with small male bodies of various kinds. Henry Fielding's Tom Thumb plays drew packed crowds, while public exhibitions advertised male dwarfs as paragons of English masculinity. Bawdy popular poems featured diminutive men paired with enormous women, while amateur scientists anthropomorphized and gendered the "minute bodies" they observed under their fashionable new pocket microscopes. Little men, both real and imagined, embodied the anxieties of a newly bourgeois English culture and were transformed to suit changing concerns about the status of English masculinity in the modern era. The Little Everyman explores this strange trend by tracing the historical trajectory of the pre-modern court dwarf's supplanting in the 1700s by a more metaphorical and quintessentially modern "little man" who came to represent in miniature the historical shift in literary production from aristocratic patronage to the bourgeois fantasy of freelance authorship. Armintor's astute close readings of Pope, Fielding, Swift, and Sterne highlight little recognized aspects of some of the classic works and writers of the period while demonstrating how, over the course of a single century, the little man became an "everyman." Intervening in current cross-disciplinary discussions of literature and art, the history of science, extraordinary bodies and disability, and eighteenth-century literary and cultural studies, Armintor makes a major contribution to our understanding of how questions of masculinity and gender, the sociology of marriage, and the economics of commodity capitalism converge in central literary works of the English eighteenth century. Deborah Needleman Armintor is associate professor of English at the University of North Texas and the co-editor of Eighteenth-Century British Erotica, Vol. 2.


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    Title
    The Little Everyman
    Subtitle
    Stature and Masculinity in Eighteenth-century English Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Deborah Needleman Armintor
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780295990873
    ISBN 10: 0295990872
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBD
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15560
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/MASC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 52
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    Ingram Theme: TOPC/PHYSCH
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC032000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: LIT006000
    DC22: 820.9353, 820.9005, 820.9/353
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    LC classification: PR448.M37 A76 2011
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    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: DSB
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2ACB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    University of Washington Press
    Imprint name
    University of Washington Press
    Publication date
    25 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Washington
    Review quote
    "Armintor mounts an historical argument that dwarfs move from serving as representatives of aristocratic court culture to models of the bourgeois man of feeling that was so prominent in the culture of the end of the century. In the process, she teases out the rich and ambiguous reciprocity between morality and physicality, between power and febrility, between the big and the small, between sexuality and mentality." -Barbara Benedict, Trinity College