Between Profits and Primitivism: Shaping White Middle-Class Masculinity in the U.S., 1880-1917

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Routledge, Oct 2, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 186 pages
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Between 1800 and the First World War, white middle-class men were depicted various forms of literature as weak and nervous. This book explores cultural writings dedicated to the physical and mental health of the male subject, showing that men have mobilized gender constructions repeatedly and self-consciously to position themselves within the culture. Aiming to join those who offer nuanced accounts of masculinity, Devlin investigates the various and changing interests white manhood was positioned to cultivate and the ways elite white men used "their own," so to speak, to promote larger agendas for their class and race.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Managing the MiddleClass Male Body in the Age of Efficiency
13
The Male Body and the Market Economy Valuating Dreisers Frank Cowperwood
43
Male Hysteria and the Gendering of the Subconscious
81
Shapes That Haunt the Dusk Masculinity and the Supernatural Experience in Fiction
109
Notes
143
Bibliography
161
Index
171
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Athena Devlin's work on gender has appeared in The Columbia Journal of American Studies and the anthology Women: Images and Realities. In addition to working on several public history projects and documentaries, she has taught American Studies and Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned her Ph.D., and St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

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