Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

Edited by Judith Kegan Gardiner

Columbia University Press

Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

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Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

Edited by Judith Kegan Gardiner

Columbia University Press

Why is there so much talk of a "crisis" of masculinity? How have ideas of manhood been transformed by feminism? Does feminism hold the key to the development of more egalitarian forms of masculinity? Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory addresses central questions about the analysis and construction of masculinity in contemporary society. The volume examines the ways male privilege and power are constituted and represented and explores the effect of such constructions on both men and women. With subjects ranging from Robert Bly´s Iron John to Tom Hank´s "niceness," this collection overturns old paradigms about identity, victimization, and dominant and alternative forms of masculinity to advance new dialogues between masculinity studies and feminist theory. Looking particularly at literature, film, and classroom practices, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory links the analysis of masculinities with feminism´s ethical and political agenda for the future. Its authors share a conviction that such a link not only reveals the persistence, now more subtle and varied, of male entitlement but also promises to create an enriched and reinvigorated feminism for a new century.
Why is there so much talk of a "crisis" of masculinity? How have ideas of manhood been transformed by feminism? Does feminism hold the key to the development of more egalitarian forms of masculinity? Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory addresses central questions about the analysis and construction of masculinity in contemporary society. The volume examines the ways male privilege and power are constituted and represented and explores the effect of such constructions on both men and women. With subjects ranging from Robert Bly's Iron John to Tom Hank's "niceness," this collection overturns old paradigms about identity, victimization, and dominant and alternative forms of masculinity to advance new dialogues between masculinity studies and feminist theory.

Looking particularly at literature, film, and classroom practices, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory links the analysis of masculinities with feminism's ethical and political agenda for the future. Its authors share a conviction that such a link not only reveals the persistence, now more subtle and varied, of male entitlement but also promises to create an enriched and reinvigorated feminism for a new century.
With this volume, 'masculinity studies'comes of age as an intellectual field both in dialogue with and in alliance with feminist theory. Judith Kegan Gardiner has assembled some of the most distinguished practitioners of both masculinity studies and feminist theory working in universities today and they have collectively thought through the different ways in which feminist theory and masculinity are related. Michael Kimmel (in the preface)
The wisdom of this collection... is its portrayal of feminist theory and masculinities studies as partners. Choice
Foreword, by Michael Kimmel
Introduction, by Judith Kegan Gardiner
1. Unmaking: Men and Masculinity in Feminist Theory, by Robyn Wiegman
2. Reenfleshing the Bright Boys; or How Male Bodies Matter to Feminist Theory, by Calvin Thomas
3. Theorizing Age and Gender: Bly's Boys, Feminism, and Maturity Masculinity, by Judith Kegan Gardiner
4. Getting Up There with Tom: The Politics of American "Nice'', by Fred Pfeil
5. Pedagogy of the Opaque: Teaching Masculinity Studies, by Sally Robinson
6. Studying Masculinities As Superordinate Studies, by Harry Brod
7. Masculinity Studies: The Longed for Profeminist Movement for Academic Men?, by Judith Newton
8. Long and Winding Road: An Outsider's View of U.S. Masculinity and Feminism, by R. W. Connell
9. Masculinity and the (M)Other: Toward a Synthesis of Feminist Mothering Theory and Psychoanalytic Theories of Narcissism, by Isaac D. Balbus
10. The Enemy Outside: Thoughts on the Psychodynamics of Extreme Violence with Special Attention to Men and Masculinity, by Nancy J. Chodorow
11. Art, Spirituality, and the Ethic of Care: Alternative Masculinities in Chinese American Literature, by King-Kok Cheung
12. Black Male Trouble: The Challenges of Rethinking Masculine Differences, by Michael Awkward
13. Race, Rape, Castration: Feminist Theories of Sexual Violence and Masculine Strategies of Black Protest, by Marlon B. Ross
14. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Men, Women, and Masculinity, by Judith Halberstam

About the Author

Judith Kegan Gardiner is professor of English and gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An editor of the journal Feminist Studies, she is the author of Rhys, Stead, Lessing, and the Politics of Empathy and editor of Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice.