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Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

ISBN-10: 0231122799

ISBN-13: 9780231122795

Edition: 2001

Authors: Judith Kegan Gardiner

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Why is there so much talk of a "crisis" of masculinity? How have ideas of manhood been transformed by feminism? Does feminism hold the key to the development of more egalitarian forms of masculinity? Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory addresses central questions about the analysis and construction of masculinity in contemporary society. The volume examines the ways male privilege and power are constituted and represented and explores the effect of such constructions on both men and women. With subjects ranging from Robert Bly's Iron John to Tom Hank's "niceness," this collection overturns old paradigms about identity, victimization, and dominant and alternative forms of masculinity to advance new dialogues between masculinity studies and feminist theory. Looking particularly at literature, film, and classroom practices, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory links the analysis of masculinities with feminism's ethical and political agenda for the future. Its authors share a conviction that such a link not only reveals the persistence, now more subtle and varied, of male entitlement but also promises to create an enriched and reinvigorated feminism for a new century.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.90" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Judith Kegan Gardiner is professor of English and gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An editor of the journal Feminist Studies,she is the author of Rhys, Stead, Lessing, and the Politics of Empathyand editor of Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice.

Foreword
Introduction
Unmaking: Men and Masculinity in Feminist Theory
Reenfleshing the Bright Boys; or, How Male Bodies Matter to Feminist Theory
Theorizing Age and Gender: Bly's Boys, Feminism, and Maturity Masculinity
Getting up There with Tom: the Politics of American "Nice"
Pedagogy of the Opaque: Teaching Masculinity Studies
Studying Masculinities As Superordinate Studies
Masculinity Studies; the Longed for Profeminist Movement for Academic Men?
Long and Winding Road; an Outsider's View of U.S. Masculintiy and Feminism
Masculinity and the (M)other: Toward a Synthesis of Feminist Mothering Theory and Psychoanalytic Theories of Narcissim
The Enemy Outisde: Thoughts on the Psychodynamics of Extreme Violence with Special Attention to Men and Masculinity
Art, Spirituality, and the Ethic of Care: Alternative Masculinities in Chinese American Literature
Black Male Trouble: the Challenges of Rethinking Masculine Differences
Race, Rape, Castration: Feminist Theories of Sexual Violence and Masculine Strategies of Black Protest
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Men, Women, and Masculinity
Contributors
Index