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Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory


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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

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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. How are male power and privilege constituted and represented? What are the effects of men's masculinity on women and men? How can more egalitarian forms of masculinity be fostered? 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.

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.


"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." - From the Preface by Michael Kimmel

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