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Masculinity Lessons

Rethinking Men's and Women's Studies

edited by James V. Catano and Daniel A. Novak

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Masculinity, as both performed and studied, continues to be a particularly productive site for understanding cultural dynamics. Contemporary work within women’s and gender studies programs recognizes that potential, regularly exploring masculine, bisexual, and transgendered subjectivities in the classroom and in scholarship. This collection of essays on masculinity offers a unique perspective on the topic by featuring articles ranging from early work in biological science and gender behavior to contemporary sociocultural readings of feminist pedagogy, gender violence, and global masculinities…

Masculinity, as both performed and studied, continues to be a particularly productive site for understanding cultural dynamics. Contemporary work within women’s and gender studies programs recognizes that potential, regularly exploring masculine, bisexual, and transgendered subjectivities in the classroom and in scholarship. This collection of essays on masculinity offers a unique perspective on the topic by featuring articles ranging from early work in biological science and gender behavior to contemporary sociocultural readings of feminist pedagogy, gender violence, and global masculinities.

The anthology provides specific insight into critical conversations on masculinity as they have unfolded over time and in the pages of Feminist Formations. Structured around highly readable essays on a wide range of topics and disciplines, it provides a basic introduction to the question of masculinity before moving on to studies of masculinity, science, and the body. The volume closes with two parts that discuss performing masculinity in global and domestic contexts.

This survey of masculinity relates to a number of diverse subject areas, including biology, film, literature, economics, and political science. As such, the book is ideal both as a primary text in women’s and gender studies courses and as a reference for faculty and students outside the discipline applying gender issues to their teaching and research.

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384
ISBN
9781421402253
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Engaging the Issue: Masculinity and Women's and Gender Studies
Chapter 1. Making Masculinities: Book Reviews
Chapter 2. Reflections on "Male Bashing"
Chapter 3

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Engaging the Issue: Masculinity and Women's and Gender Studies
Chapter 1. Making Masculinities: Book Reviews
Chapter 2. Reflections on "Male Bashing"
Chapter 3. Feminist Intentions: Race, Gender, and Power in a High School Classroom
Chapter 4. The Biology and Philosophy of Race and Sex: A Course
Chapter 5. Gender and Masculinity Texts: Consensus and Concerns for Feminist Classrooms
Chapter 6. Student Responsiveness to Women's and Gender Studies Classes: The Importance of Initial Student Attitudes and Classroom Relationships
Part II: Embodying Masculinity: Science and Society
Chapter 7. Reading Transgender, Rethinking Women's Studies
Chapter 8. Biological Behavior? Hormones, Psychology, and Sex
Chapter 9. Do Boys Have to Be Boys? Gender, Narrativity, and the John/Joan Case
Chapter 10. Reading Sex and Temperament in Taiwan: Margaret Mead and Postwar Taiwanese Feminism
Part III: Performing Social Expectations: The Domestic Scene
Chapter 11. "His Wife Seized His Prize and Cut It to Size": Folk and Popular Commentary on Lorena Bobbitt
Chapter 12. Representing Domestic Violence: Ambivalence and Difference in What's Love Got to Do with It
Chapter 13. "Non- Combatant's Shell- Shock": Trauma and Gender in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night
Chapter 14. Microcredit, Men, and Masculinity
Part IV: Performing Social Expectations: The Public Stage
Chapter 15. The Hillbilly Defense: Culturally Mediating U.S. Terror at Home and Abroad
Chapter 16. The Sexual Politics of Abu Ghraib: Hegemony, Spectacle, and the Global War on Terror
Chapter 17. Uncle Sam Wants You to Trade, Invest, and Shop! Relocating the Battlefield in the Gendered Discourses of the Pre- and Early Post- 9/11 Period
List of Contributors
Index

Author Bios
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James V. Catano, Ph.D.

James V. Catano is a professor of English at Louisiana State University and author of Ragged Dicks: Masculinity, Steel, and the Rhetoric of the Self-Made Man.
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Daniel A. Novak, Ph.D.

Daniel A. Novak is an associate professor of English at Louisiana State University and author of Realism, Photography, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction.