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Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France : Studies in the History of Sexuality - Robert A. Nye

Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

Studies in the History of Sexuality

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Published: 18th March 1993
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After a decade of works on women's history, historians are becoming aware of the dearth of literature on men's history. Professor Nye addresses this gap in a study of evolving definitions of masculinity in France since the eighteenth century. He examines specifically the aristocratic ethos of male honour, rooted in a society of landlords, hunters, and warriors, adapted to a society motivated by utilitarian values, urban life, and rational law. He focuses on the cultural practices and mentality of middle and upper class men and the appeal of their codes to men throughout French society.

"Robert Nye...has taken up the daunting challenges of writing about masculinity through a courageously eclectic approach. Few theoretical stones remain unturned...the chronological sweep is no less impressive, from the Old Regime to about 1920....frequently fascinating."--Journal of Modern History "Robert Nye has written a provocative book. Indeed, if you are interested in understanding the cultural construction of masculinity, this is a book that could change your life."--Journal of the History of Medicine "The material Nye presents is fascinating, and often amusing...Argued with impressive scholarship, exhaustive mastery of the secondary literature, painstaking examination of method and theory, and careful archival selection."--Times Literary Supplement "Nye's book...constitutes a significant contribution to the study of masculinity in the 19th century. It reminds us how complex the study of sexuality and masculinity can be, as they remain inextricably tied to virtually every area of human experience."--Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Newsletter "Nye's work is a fascinating study based on solid archival research and a thorough grasp of the literature...This provocative and often amusing book is a valuable addition to the growing field of male gender history."--Journal of Social History "Robert Nye...has taken up the daunting challenges of writing about masculinity through a courageously eclectic approach. Few theoretical stones remain unturned...the chronological sweep is no less impressive, from the Old Regime to about 1920....frequently fascinating."--Journal of Modern History "Robert Nye has written a provocative book. Indeed, if you are interested in understanding the cultural construction of masculinity, this is a book that could change your life."--Journal of the History of Medicine "The material Nye presents is fascinating, and often amusing...Argued with impressive scholarship, exhaustive mastery of the secondary literature, painstaking examination of method and theory, and careful archival selection."--Times Literary Supplement "Nye's book...constitutes a significant contribution to the study of masculinity in the 19th century. It reminds us how complex the study of sexuality and masculinity can be, as they remain inextricably tied to virtually every area of human experience."--Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Newsletter "Nye's work is a fascinating study based on solid archival research and a thorough grasp of the literature...This provocative and often amusing book is a valuable addition to the growing field of male gender history."--Journal of Social History "His is the first account to apply a consistently gendered analysis to duelling in recent French history...Nye has provided us with two invaluable studies about medical discourse and about duelling."--French History "Thoughtfully written, with enough nods to social and psychoanalytic theories to illuminate rather than encumber his subjects, this book is required reading for all historians of nineteenth-century France."--ISIS "(Nye) demonstrates better than anyone else has why and how nineteenth-century masculinity was problematized and, in revealing the social and cultural preoccupations which went into the construction of perverts, makes a major contribution to the history of sexuality."--Canadian Journal of History

Introduction: Sex, Society, and Identityp. 3
Honor and Male Identity in the Old Regimep. 15
The Roots of Bourgeois Honorabilityp. 31
Sex Difference and the "Separate Spheres,"p. 47
Population, Degeneration, and Reproductionp. 72
Male Sexual Identity and the "Perversions" in the Fin de Sieclep. 98
Bourgeois Sociability and the Point d'Honneur: 1800-1860p. 127
The Culture of the Sword: Manliness and Fencing in the Third Republicp. 148
Honor and the Duel in the Third Republic, 1860-1914p. 172
Dueling and the Lawp. 173
How Many Duels?p. 183
The Journalistic Duelp. 187
The Political Duelp. 191
The "Serious" Duelp. 200
The "Futile" Duelp. 210
Conclusion: Couragep. 216
Notesp. 229
Bibliography of Selected Secondary Worksp. 297
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780195046496
ISBN-10: 0195046498
Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 18th March 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.62