Iron Men, Wooden Women Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920

ISBN-10: 0801851602

ISBN-13: 9780801851605

Edition: 1996

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From the voyage of the Argonauts to the Tailhook scandal, seafaring has long been one of the most glaringly male-dominated occupations. In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary study, Margaret Creighton, Lisa Norling, and their co-authors explore the relationship of gender and seafaring in the Anglo-American age of sail. Drawing on a wide range of American and British sources--from diaries, logbooks, and account ledgers to songs, poetry, fiction, and a range of public sources--the authors show how popular fascination with seafaring and the sailors' rigorous, male-only life led to models of gender behavior based on "iron men" aboard ship and "stoic women" ashore. Yet Iron Men, Wooden Women also offers new material that defies conventional views. The authors investigate such topics as women in the American whaling industry and the role of the captain's wife aboard ship. They explore the careers of the female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, as well as those of other women--"transvestite heroines"--who dressed as men to serve on the crews of sailing ships. And they explore the importance of gender and its connection to race for African American and other seamen in both the American and the British merchant marine. Contributors include both social historians and literary critics: Marcus Rediker, Dianne Dugaw, Ruth Wallis Herndon, Haskell Springer, W. Jeffrey Bolster, Laura Tabili, Lillian Nayder, and Melody Graulich, in addition to Margaret Creighton and Lisa Norling. "This collection not only sketches life at sea in all its detail and diversity but also expands our understanding of the connections of gender, occupation, class, colonization, and race at sea and on land in the nineteenth century. The book combines first-rate scholarship with lively, accessible writing--no small accomplishment!"--Jeanne Boydston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/22/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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Female Sailors Bold: Transvestite Heroines and the Markers of Gender and Class
The Domestic Cost of Seafaring: Town Leaders and Seamen's Families in Eighteenth-Century Rhode Island
Ahab's Wife: Women and the American Whaling Industry, 1820-1870
The Captain's Wife at Sea
Davy Jones' Locker Room: Gender and the American Whaleman, 1830-1870
"Every Inch a Man": Gender in the Lives of African American Seamen, 1800-1860
"A Maritime Race": Masculinity and the Racial Division of Labor in British Merchant Ships, 1900-1939
Sailing Ships and Steamers, Angels and Whores: History and Gender in Conrad's Maritime Fiction
Opening Windows toward the Sea: Harmony and Reconciliation in American Women's Sea Literature
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