Manning the Margins

Manning the Margins : Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-century France

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The first book-length study of writing, men, and masculinity in seventeenth-century FranceOver the past three decades, a rich body of scholarship has uncovered the crucial roles women played in seventeenth-century France, a period often reduced to 'classical' male authors and 'absolutist' kings. But the clearer perspective we now have of women has exposed the need to take a fresh look at men and masculinity. Through his reading of a wide range of canonical and minor texts, Seifert charts a course toward a more complex understanding of gender during this seminal period. Examining ideals of polite masculine conduct, the figure of the salon man, representations of male same-sex desire, and the case of a male cross-dresser, ""Manning the Margins"" shows how elite men defined themselves in relation to women and other men, and argues that dominant masculinity cannot always eclipse marginalized masculinities.
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95 x 19.05mm | 612.35g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • 0472070584
  • 9780472070589

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"Every chapter in "Manning the Margins" is a goldmine. Seifert writes clearly and elegantly; his analyses are accessible to general readers as well as specialists, making this a must-read for anyone interested in the history of sexuality, masculinity studies, feminist and gender studies, or seventeenthcentury French studies."
--"Journal of the History of Sexuality"

--Katharine Ann Jensen"Journal of the History of Sexuality" (09/01/2012)
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About Lewis C. Seifert

Lewis Seifert is Associate Professor of French Studies at Brown University. He holds a DEA from the Universite de Paris III (1986) and a PhD from the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan (1989). His publications include Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France, 1690-1715: Nostalgic Utopias (Cambridge, 1996).
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