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The Gendering of Men, 1600–1750
Volume 1, The English Phallus
Thomas A. King

"A significant contribution to the emerging interdiscipline of performance history, which interprets theatrical history in a wider context of social behaviors and cultural productions."Joseph Roach, Yale University

Taking on nothing less than the formation of modern genders and sexualities, Thomas A. King develops a history of the political and performative struggles that produced both normative and queer masculinities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The result is a major contribution to gender studies, gay studies, and theater and performance history.

The Gendering of Men, 1600–
1750 traces the transition from a society based on alliance, which had subordinated all men, women, and boys to higher ranked males, to one founded in sexuality, through which men have embodied their claims to personal and political privacy. King proposes that the male body is a performative production marking men's resistance to their subjection within patriarchy and sovereignty. Emphasizing that categories of gender must come under historical analysis, The Gendering of Men explores men's participation in an ongoing struggle for access to a universal manliness transcending other biological and social differentials.

"Dazzling in the depth and breadth of scholarly inquiry that has gone into the book's production, the reach of King's argument will do much to persuade those less or little interested in theater to think again about the relevance of this genre to any research of the period."Susan Bennett, University of Calgary, Canada

"The Gendering of Men is a wonderful book. . . . It is sure to make a splash in GLBT studies and history, in queer studies, and in eighteenth-century studies. Building on previous scholarly works that interrogate notions of sexuality and gender in the 'long eighteenth century (1660–1800),' King complicates and clarifies ways in which we can understand early-modern and modern sexual and gender identities."
Hans Turley, University of Connecticut

Thomas A. King is associate professor of English at Brandeis University, where he teaches early modern and eighteenth-century studies, gender and queer studies, and performance studies. Prior to his teaching career, King worked as an A.E.A. stage manager in Chicago. He has published articles on Restoration and eighteenth-century theater history, gender and sexuality, and gay men's camp. Also published by the University of Wisconsin Press is The Gendering of Men, 1600–1750: Volume 2, Queer Articulations, the second volume of this study. King lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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The cover of The Gendering of Men, Volume 1 is blue in tone. There is an old illustration of two 18th century men in a pub.

May 2004
LC: 2003022357 PR
328 p
p.   6 x 9
4 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-299-19784-1
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