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Martial MasculinitiesExperiencing and Imagining the Military in the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Michael Brown, Anna Maria Barry, and Joanne Begatio

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526135629

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526135636

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Martial Masculinities
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Michael Brown

Joanne Begiato

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526135636.00006

This introduction offers a rich overview of the scholarship on the histories of the body, emotions, and material culture as they relate to gender. It explains how Manliness in Britain develops this work to understand how bodies, emotions, and materiality helped construct masculinities in the long nineteenth century. It shows that a queer history approach, combined with theories of emotional bodies and emotional objects, offers a new way to think about manliness and unmanliness. The introduction is divided into three sections. It summarises histories relating to ‘being’ a man, focusing on the embodied qualities of manliness and on self-control, the primary means by which men were supposed to achieve idealised manly behaviour. It then assesses the scholarship relating to three domains in which manliness was understood to be performed and tested: war, home, and work. (135 words)

Keywords:   Masculinity, Bodies, Emotions, Material Culture, Gender, Queer history, Emotional objects, War, Home, Work

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