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Dandies and desert saints : styles of Victorian masculinity / James Eli Adams.

Adams, James Eli. (Author).
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Subject: Manfred Mann
English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
English literature > Male authors > History and criticism.
Great Britain > Intellectual life > 19th century.
Masculinity in literature.
Gender identity in literature.
Aestheticism (Literature)
Patriarchy in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Dandies in literature.
Men in literature.
Littérature anglaise > 19e siècle > Histoire et critique.
Masculinité dans la littérature.
Identité sexuelle dans la littérature.
Esthétisme (Littérature)
Patriarcat (Sociologie) dans la littérature.
Rôle selon le sexe dans la littérature.
Dandys dans la littérature.
Hommes dans la littérature.
Écrits d'hommes anglais > Histoire et critique.
Grande-Bretagne > Vie intellectuelle > 19e siècle.
Great Britain > Intellectual life > 19th century.
Literature > english.
Literature > history.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781501720437
  • ISBN: 1501720430
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 249 pages)
  • Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Dandies and Prophets: Spectacles of Victorian Masculinity -- 2. "A Sort of Masonry": Secrecy and "Manliness" in Early Victorian Brotherhoods -- 3. Imagining the Science of Renunciation: Manhood and Abasement in Kingsley and Tennyson -- 4. Muscular Aestheticism: Masculine Authority and the Male Body -- 5. Gentleman, Dandy, Priest: Masks and Masculinity in Pater's Aestheticism.
Review: "While drawing on work in feminism, queer theory, and cultural history, Dandies and Desert Saints challenges scholars to rethink simplistic notions of Victorian manhood."--BOOK JACKET. "James Eli Adams examines masculine identity in Victorian literature from Thomas Carlyle through Oscar Wilde, analyzing authors who identify the age's ideal of manhood as the power of self-discipline. What distinguishes Adams's book from others in the recent explosion of interest in masculinity is his refusal to approach masculinity primarily in terms of "patriarchy" or "phallogocentrism" or within the binary of homosexualities and heterosexualities. He uncovers unexpected complexities in - and similarities among - icons of middle-class masculinity: the dandy, the gentleman, the priest, the prophet, and the soldier."--BOOK JACKET. "The book approaches masculinity as a social norm and a calculated rhetorical construction, thus arguing that concepts such as "effeminate" and "unmanly" have been misunderstood. Adams brings to light a wealth of neglected affinities among widely disparate writers - such as Carlyle and Walter Pater; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and Charles Kingsley - and reshapes familiar outlines of Victorian literary history."--Jacket.
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