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Man Up: A Study of Gendered Expectations of Masculinities at the Fin de Siecle (Hardback)
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Man Up: A Study of Gendered Expectations of Masculinities at the Fin de Siecle (Hardback)

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Hardback 245 Pages / Published: 06/08/2015
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Much has been written regarding the New Woman in the fin de siecle and the changes women's groups fought so hard to achieve. However, the social and gender changes demanded by women as the nineteenth century drew to a close necessitated a corresponding change in traditional masculinities. Redefinition of the male role was not easily negotiated in an era of rampant patriarchy and Victorian supremacy; the distinct boundaries between male and female social space made this increasingly problematic for both genders. Some Victorian men, who had seen the public sphere as exclusively theirs, felt both their masculinity and male privilege threatened and were confused by women's challenges and their attempted encroachment into what had previously been perceived as solely male domains.While many female authors explored possibilities for the New Woman figure, as the fin de siecle approached, male authors began to consider how masculinities might respond to changing gender dynamics. Authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker, amongst others, addressed ways in which their male characters could negotiate a quandary of masculinities under threat by alterations to conventional gender spheres while remaining "manly" in situations which required a rethinking of many of their basic tenets during this time of flux.This book examines the opinions of women within both the dominant and reverse discourses, and parallels them with ideas surrounding changes in masculinities that began to emerge in male-authored texts. As such, it details an often vociferous negotiation of volatile issues which led to a major upheaval of gender roles in the approach to a new century that demanded changes which were difficult to achieve.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443876155
Number of pages: 245
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 212 x 148 x 23 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition

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