Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

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ISBN10: 0520215109 ISBN13: 9780520215108 Publisher: Univ of California Pr Published: Nov 1 1998 Pages: 316 Weight: 1.00lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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In this study of upper-class masculinity from the end of the ancien r gime in 1789 to the end of World War I, Robert Nye argues that manhood, masculinity, and male sexuality is, like femininity, a cultural construct, comprising a strict set of heroic ideals and codes of honor which few men have been able to realize in practice. In doing so, Nye destabilizes and historicizes the male body, and incorporates gender into the brand of cultural history inaugurated by Norbert Elias in the 1930s.

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