The Changing Fictions of Masculinity

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University of Illinois Press, 1993 - Social Science - 234 pages
In a sensitive and provocative
study of six great works of British literature, David Rosen traces the evolution
of masculinity, inviting readers to contemplate the shifting joys and sorrows
men have experienced throughout the last millennium, and the changing but constant
tensions between their lives and ideals. Focusing on Beowulf, Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight, Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Hard Times, and Sons and
Lovers, Rosen shows how the actions of heroes fail to resolve tensions between
masculine ideals and male experiences.

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The Armor of the ManMonster in Beowulf
Sir Gawain Touches of Flesh
Mothers and Fathers Change and Stability in Hamlets World
The Sin of Origins Heavenly Fathers and Men Children
Blurring Gender Lines Hard Times and Dismembering Masculinity
Inventing Primal Masculinity Beyond Sons and Lovers
Masculinity What Is It?

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