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Manning the Margins: Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-century France

Manning the Margins: Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-century France (Hardback)

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The first book-length study of writing, men, and masculinity in seventeenth-century FranceOver the past three decades, a rich body of scholarship has uncovered the crucial roles women played in seventeenth-century France, a period often reduced to 'classical' male authors and 'absolutist' kings. But the clearer perspective we now have of women has exposed the need to take a fresh look at men and masculinity. Through his reading of a wide range of canonical and minor texts, Seifert charts a course toward a more complex understanding of gender during this seminal period. Examining ideals of polite masculine conduct, the figure of the salon man, representations of male same-sex desire, and the case of a male cross-dresser, ""Manning the Margins"" shows how elite men defined themselves in relation to women and other men, and argues that dominant masculinity cannot always eclipse marginalized masculinities.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: The University of Michigan Press Publication Date: 15/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9780472070589  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Lewis Seifert is Associate Professor of French Studies at Brown University. He holds a DEA from the Universite de Paris III (1986) and a PhD from the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan (1989). His publications include Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France, 1690-1715: Nostalgic Utopias (Cambridge, 1996).

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