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The Image of Manhood in Early Modern Literature: Viewing the Male.

Williams, Andrew P., ed. The Image of Manhood in Early Modern Literature: Viewing the Male.

(Contributions to the Study of World Literature, 95.) Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 1999. xv + 196 pp. bibl, index. $55. ISBN: 0-313-30766-0.

An extension of a panel at the 1997 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, this collection of essays provides "an overview of the evolving and often contesting images of manhood that came to populate the verse, drama, and prose of the early modern period" and argues that such images, "when viewed together, ultimately reveal the fragile complexities and deep-rooted anxieties of both masculinity and masculine representation at this time." A selected bibliography and an index of names is included. Essays include: Ian McAdam, "Masculine Disaffection and Misogynistic Displacement in Carew's Love Lyrics"; Edward J. Whitelock, "A Garden of Desire, A Meadow of Decay: Masculine Identity Crisis in Marvell's Mower Poems"; Goran Stanivukovic, "'The blushing shame of souldiers': The Eroticism of Heroic Masculinity in John Fletcher's Bonduca"; Lisa Hopkins, "'A place privileged to do men wrong': The Anxious Masculinity of The Maid's Tragedy"; Taylor Corse, "Manliness and Misogy ny in Dryden's Aeneid"; Andrew P. Williams, "Soft Women and Softer Men: The Libertine Maintenance of Masculine Identity"; Thomas A. King, "Displacing Masculinity: Edward Kynaston and the Politics of Effeminacy"; Stephen Gregg, "Godly Manliness: Defoe's Good Men in Bad Times"; Susan Korba, "Clarissas 'Man of Violence' and Grandison's 'Truly Good Man': Masculine Homogeneity in Richardson."
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Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
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Date:Dec 22, 1999
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