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.
|Publication date:||15th July 2009|
|Author:||Lewis C. Seifert|
|Publisher:||The University of Michigan Press|
|Categories:||Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800,|
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).More About Lewis C. Seifert