Women Constructing Men

Women Constructing Men : Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750D2000

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Female novelists have always invested as much narrative energy in constructing their male characters as in envisioning their female. The collected articles in demonstrate that the topic of female-authored masculinities not only allows scholars to re-discover almost every novel written by a woman, but also triggers reflections on a host of theoretical questions of gender and genre.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133659
  • 9780739133651

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750-2000: An Introduction Chapter 2 Happy Men?: Mid-Eighteenth-Century Women Writers and Ideal Masculinity Chapter 3 Male Privilege in Frances Burney's The Wanderer Chapter 4 The Medium Makes the Man: Anne Plumptre's Something New and The History of Myself and My Friend Chapter 5 "Too much in the common Novel style": Reforming Masculinities in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility Chapter 6 Constructing Masculine Narrative: Charlotte Bronte's The Professor Chapter 7 The Lifted Veil: George Eliot's Experiment with First-Person Narrative Chapter 8 Assimilating the "pretty youngster": George Eliot's Eroticized Men on the Borderlines of Morality, Religion, Race, and Nation Chapter 9 "His spirituality or his manliness": Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's (Re)Constructions of Christian Masculinity Chapter 10 The Differential Construction of Masculinity in the Writings of Virginia Woolf Chapter 11 Knitting Paradise Lost: Masculinity and Domesticity in the Novels of Carol Shields Chapter 12 Looking (Im)Properly: Women Objectifying Men's Bodies in Contemporary Australian Women's Fiction Chapter 13 Unmaking the Self-Made Man: Louise Erdrich's Fictional Exploration of Masculinity Chapter 14 "I've tried my entire life to be a good man": Suzanne Brockmann's Sam Starrett, Ideal Romance Hero
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Review quote

The essays are clearly written, with theoretical terms defined well enough that less experienced readers will not be lost... Recommended. -- M.E. Burstein CHOICE, June 2010
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About Katharina Rennhak

Sarah S. G. Frantz is assistant professor of English at Fayetteville State University. Katharina Rennhak is assistant professor of English at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich.
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