Violent Masculinities

Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture

Editors: Feather, J., Thomas, C. (Eds.)

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During the early modern period in England, social expectations for men came under extreme pressure - the armed knight went into decline and humanism appeared. Here, original essays analyze a wide-range of violent acts in literature and culture, from civic violence to chivalric combat to brawls and battles.

About the authors

Amanda Bailey, University of Maryland, USA Katharine Cleland, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA Laurie Ellinghausen, University of Missouri, USA Jennifer Forsyth, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, USA Timothy Francisco, Youngstown State University, USA Catharine Gray, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, USA Susan Harlan, Wake Forest University, USA Coppelia Kahn, Brown University, USA Andrew D. McCarthy, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, USA Laurie Nussdorfer, Wesleyan University, USA Lisa S. Starks-Estes, South Florida St. Petersburg, USA

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"A strong contribution to emerging scholarship on early modern masculinities, this exciting collection shows how the achievement of normative manhood depended on the performance of violence. In the turbulent social world of early modern Europe, these essays suggest male aggression signified differently according to distinctions of age, status, and sexuality. These compelling historicist readings of male aggression and suffering illuminate forms of violence ranging from duels to brawls to military campaigns." - Mario DiGangi, Professor of English, Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA

"What did it mean to be a man in early modern Europe? Violent Masculinities challenges the easy association between masculinity and violence, opening up crucial new channels in early modern masculinity studies. The articles here go beyond a simple equation of fictional and historical practice to demonstrate the importance of the place of violence in the early modern mind. With a range of critical approaches, from rhetorical analysis to historical contextualization to the framing of philosophical assumptions, these essays emphasize the textuality of a broad array of critical and historical writings, and give us new insights into what constituted Renaissance manhood." - Jennifer A. Low, Associate Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University, USA

"Violent masculinities - is there any other kind? Cutting their way from Shakespeare to Stukeley, the essays in this volume brutally dispense with the myth that Renaissance men were less violent than their medieval predecessors. With a historical precision and deft close reading, they ask us to consider the many types of violence that make and unmake Renaissance men." - Will Stockton, Associate Professor of English, Clemson University, USA


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Reclaiming Violent Masculinities

    Feather, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Militant Prologues, Memory, and Models of Masculinity in Shakespeare’s

    Harlan, Susan

    Pages 23-45

  • Marlowe’s War Horses: Cyborgs, Soldiers, and Queer Companions

    Francisco, Timothy

    Pages 47-65

  • Cutting Words and Healing Wounds: Friendship and Violence in Early Modern Drama

    Forsyth, Jennifer

    Pages 67-81

  • Virtus

    Starks-Estes, Lisa S.

    Pages 85-108

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violent Masculinities
Book Subtitle
Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture
Editors
  • J. Feather
  • C. Thomas
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34475-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137344755
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34474-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 273
Topics