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Manning the Margins Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-century France by Lewis C. Seifert

Manning the Margins Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-century France


Manning the Margins Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-century France by Lewis C. Seifert

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.


Every chapter in Manning the Margins is a goldmine. Seifert writes clearly and elegantly; his analyses are accessible to general readers as well as specialists, making this a must-read for anyone interested in the history of sexuality, masculinity studies, feminist and gender studies, or seventeenthcentury French studies. -- Journal of the History of Sexuality --Katharine Ann Jensen Journal of the History of Sexuality (09/01/2012)

About the Author

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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Publication date

15th July 2009


Lewis C. Seifert

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The University of Michigan Press


368 pages


Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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