Writing Men: Literary Masculinities from Frankenstein to the New Man

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Edinburgh University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 201 pages
In Writing Men, Berthold Schoene-Harwood develops a trajectory of masculine emancipation from the monstrous imagery of nineteenth-century fiction to contemporary men writers' experimental new discourse of criture masculine. Looking at 13 individual case studies, Schoene-Harwood outlines the historical development of literary representations of masculinity from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Ian McEwan's The Child in Time. Subdivided into four parts, the study's first section takes a journey into the nineteenth-century pre-history of post-war and contemporary British men's writing, introducing readers to literature's capacity to both consolidate and unsettle traditional conceptions of femininity and masculinity. In Part II, detailed readings of modern classics such as Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange, Look Back in Anger and Room at the Top reveal the persistence of patriarchal gender hierarchies in the 1950s and early 1960s. The third and central section explores the influence feminist thought

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Mary Shelleys Frankenstein
Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness
Henry Jamess The Turn of the Screw

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Berthold Schoene is Professor of English and Director of the English Research Institute at the Manchester Metropolitan University

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