Masculinity Studies & Feminist Theory: New Directions

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Judith Kegan Gardiner
Columbia University Press, 2002 - Social Science - 386 pages
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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.
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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Contents

THEORY Robyn Wiegman
31
FEMINISM AND MATURITY MASCULINITY Judith Kegan Gardiner
90
AMERICAN NICE Fred Pfeil
119
STUDIES Harry Brod
161
U S MASCULINTIY AND FEMINISM R W Connell
210
PSYCHODYNAMICS OF EXTREME VIOLENCE WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION
235
ALTERNATIVE MASCULINITIES IN CHINESE AMERICAN LITERATURE
261
SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND MASCULINE STRATEGIES OF BLACK PROTEST
384
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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 Empathy and editor of Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice.

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