Paperback / softback
December 28, 1990
9780870237355
English
360
1.18 Pounds (US)
$25.95 USD, £16.50 GBP
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Out of Bounds

Male Writers and Gender(ed) Criticism

Edited by Laura Claridge
Until recently, "masculinity" and its impact on literary production and reception have received scant attention in the field of literary criticism. Although critics certainly have been interested in examining gender, they have tended to be far more concerned with the "feminine" side of the equation than with the "masculine." This book is an attempt to redress that imbalance. Positing that patriarchy victimizes men as well as women, the fifteen original essays in Out of Bounds explore how certain male writers from the American and British canon have responded to the confines of the masculine code. The contributors apply a wide range of critical approaches and probe the gendered perspective in a variety of telling ways.

About the Author

Laura Claridge is associate professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of the forthcoming Romantic Potency: The Paradox of Desire in Wordsworth, Shelley, and Byron.

Elizabeth Langland is professor of English at the University of Florida and author of Society in the Novel and Anne Brontë: The Other One.

Reviews

"This impressive and varied collection passes far beyond the simple critique of 'patriarchal' symptoms that we see so often in literary criticism of the male writers of the British and American canon. The essays here all contribute to a new understanding of how male writers relate to the constraints of patriarchy and of the gender system, and their originality resides in the collective refusal to simply condemn or lionize the gender politics of particular writers. As they examine important male writers confronting and worrying gender issues, the critics themselves struggle in earnest to revise the terms of debate in gender criticism."—Paul Smith, Carnegie-Mellon University
University of Massachusetts Press

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