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Author Reeser, Todd W., 1967-

Title Moderating masculinity in early modern culture / by Todd W. Reeser.

Published Chapel Hill, NC : North Carolina Studies in the Romance Lang. & Lit., ., 2006.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (283 pages)
Series North Carolina studies in the Romance languages and literatures ; no. 283
North Carolina studies in the Romance languages and literatures ; no. 283.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Constructing Moderate Masculinity in the Renaissance -- 1. Aiming for the Mean: the Binary and the Ternary in Aristotle -- 2. Engendering a Moderate Class in Renaissance Pedagogical Discourse -- 3. (Im)Moderate Husband in Marriage Discourse and in Rabelais's Tiers Livre -- 4. Linguistic Other: Masculinity and the Disruption of the Sign in Rabelais's Quart Livre -- 5. 'Une Ardeur Immodérée': Homosexuality and Moderate Male Friendship in Montaigne's 'De l'Amitié' -- 6. Aristotle in the New World: Genered Analogy in Renaissance Travel Narratives -- 7. Ruling the Hermaphrodites: Masculinity, Sovereignty, and National Identity in Political Discourse -- Conclusion: Moderate Masculinity after the Renaissance.
Summary Moderating Masculinity in Early Modern Culture proposes a definition of gender based on a ternary model in which moderation and masculinity are inextricably linked. Like the Aristotelian virtue of moderation, which requires the presence of excess and lack in order to exist, what Reeser terms "moderate masculinity" requires two non-moderate others--one incarnating excess and one embodying lack--for its definition. This type of alterity takes a number of different forms--including women/effeminacy, the new world native, the nobility, the hermaphrodite, and the sodomite. The book begins with a reading of this brand of masculinity in Aristotle and then proceeds to textual analyses of canonical and non-canonical writers of the Renaissance, such as Rabelais, Montaigne, Erasmus, LÄry, and Artus. These writers are placed in dialogue with key cultural sites where this unstable model operates--especially pedagogy, marriage, male-male friendship, travel narratives, politics, etymology, and rhetoric. With its interdisciplinary implications, Moderating Masculinity should be of interest to students and scholars in gender studies, Renaissance/early modern studies, and French studies.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Masculinity -- History.
Masculinity in literature.
European literature -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- History and criticism.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9781469645681 (electronic bk.)
1469645688 (electronic bk.)