Women Constructing Men : Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750D2000
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.
- Hardback | 280 pages
- 157.48 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
- 30 Dec 2009
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
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
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
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.