9781137344748

Violent Masculinities Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture

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    9781137344748

  • ISBN10:

    1137344741

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

During the early modern period in England, social expectations for men came under extreme pressure; the armed knight went into decline and humanism appeared. Here, original essays analyze a wide-range of violent acts in early modern literature and culture – everything from civic violence to chivalric combat; from verbal attacks to masochistic suffering; from political assassination to personal retaliation; and from brawls to battles. In so doing, they interrogate the seemingly inevitable connection between masculinity and aggression, placing it in a specific historical context and showing how differences of status, ethnicity, and sexual identity inform masculine ideals.

Author Biography

Jennifer Feather is Assistant Professor of English Literature at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. She is the author of Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature: The Pen and the Sword ( Palgrave, 2011).

Catherine E. Thomas is Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston, USA, where she specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British Literature. Her essays have appeared in Studies in English Literature, The Journal of Popular Culture, Upstart Crow, Literature Compass, and several edited collections.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reclaiming Violent Masculinities; Jennifer Feather and Catherine E. Thomas
PART I: 'DISPUTE IT LIKE A MAN': MILITANT MASCULINITIES
1. Militant Prologues, Memory, and Models of Masculinity in Shakespeare's Henry V and Troilus and Cressida; Susan Harlan
2. Marlowe's War Horses: Cyborgs, Soldiers and Queer Companions; Timothy Francisco
3. Cutting Words and Healing Wounds: Friendship and Violence in Early Modern Drama; Jennifer Forsyth
PART II: 'THE FAITH OF MAN': RELIGION AND MASCULINE AGGRESSION
4. Virtus, Vulnerability, and the Emblazoned Male Body in Shakespeare's Coriolanus; Lisa S. Starks-Estes
5. Priestly Rulers, Male Subjects: Swords and Courts in Papal Rome; Laurie Nussdorfer
6. 'Warring Spirits': Martial Heroism and Anxious Masculinity in Milton's Paradise Lost; Katharine Cleland
PART III: 'FEEL IT AS A MAN': MALE VIOLENCE AND SUFFERING
7. King Lear's Violent Grief; Andrew D. McCarthy
8. Wild Civility: Men at War in Royalist Elegy; Catharine Gray
9. Occupy Macbeth: Masculinity and Political Masochism in Macbeth; Amanda Bailey
10. Melancholy and Spleen: Models of English Masculinity in The Famous History of the Life and Death of Captain Thomas Stukeley; Laurie Ellinghausen
Afterword; Coppélia Kahn

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