Between Men

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231541046
Release Date: 2015-10-20
Genre: Literary Criticism

First published in 1985, Between Men challenged old ways of reading while articulating critical byways for two emerging disciplines. Its iconoclastic approach gave queer studies and gender studies scholars further reason to crack open the canon, scrutinize its contents, and add unconventional texts on sound theoretical grounds. Striking a devastating blow to the hegemony of heteronormative critique, it opened not only literature but also politics, religion, society, and culture to broader investigations of power, desire, and sex. Between Men still has much more to tell us, and much work left to do. It has kept pace with Western society’s evolving ideas of and debates on gender and sexuality and provides insight into its recent conservative and religious turns. With a new foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum emphasizing the work’s ongoing importance, Between Men begins with Shakespeare’s Sonnets and moves through Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey, Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Tennyson’s The Princess, Eliot’s Adam Bede, Thackeray’s The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., and Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, among many other texts and critiques. Sedgwick’s landmark book remains a key analysis of homosocial desire in Western literature for any reader curious about the subject’s claim to legitimacy.

Freundschaft in der h fischen Epik um 1200

Author: Caroline Krüger
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110228618
Release Date: 2011-06-30
Genre: Literary Criticism

Friendship is a phenomenon to be found in all epochs and cultures. However, the character of the relationship that is understood and practiced as friendship is subject to constant change. In the courtly epic of the High Middle Ages, research has mainly focused on love, whereas friendship has been studied only fragmentarily. This book focuses on the concepts of friendship in the so-called classics of courtly epic? the Arthurian romances around 1200, the Nibelungenlied and the Song of Roland? and places them into relation to representations of friendship in non-literary texts of that time. This study is intended as a contribution to a cultural history of friendship.


Author: Therese Frey Steffen
Publisher: Reclam Verlag
ISBN: 9783159612430
Release Date: 2017-05-05
Genre: Social Science

Mit Simone de Beauvoirs Werk »Das andere Geschlecht« aus dem Jahr 1949 wurde die Diskussion um die gesellschaftliche Konstitution von »Geschlecht« eröffnet. Heute ist »Gender«, das kulturelle Geschlecht, zu einem geläufigen Begriff geworden. Therese Frey Steffen zeichnet Geschichte und Aktualität des Konzepts nach, das die Dualität von Mann und Frau radikal in Frage stellt, und bietet einen Ausblick auf ein künftiges Verständnis der Gender Studies.

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism

Author: Bijay Kumar Das
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
ISBN: 8126904577
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: English literature

Considering The Great Popularity Of The First Four Editions Of The Book, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, And Keeping In Mind The Valuable Suggestions Received From Several Quarters, The Present Fifth Edition Has Been Revised And Enlarged By An Addition Of Twelve New Chapters. It Contains Fifty Chapters In All, Organized Into Two Parts.Part I Of The Book Lays Emphasis On Various Schools Of Criticism That Are Prevalent In India And The West. Each Chapter Contains An Analysis Of The Theory In Question And Shows The Trend And Development As Well As The Methodology Of Literary Criticism In The 20Th Century. Recent Issues In Twentieth Century Criticism, Postcolonial Theory, Translation Theory, Cultural Criticism And Gender Studies Are Among The Many Attractions Of The Book.Part Ii Of The Book Contains Discussions On A Large Number Of Critical Essays And Critics Such As Eliot, Richards, Leavis, Barthes, Foucault And The Postcolonial Critics. The Seminal Critical Essays Included In This Section Have Influenced The Critical Trends In The Twentieth Century And Changed The General Perception Of Criticism. These Chapters, Apart From Giving A Comprehensive Idea Of The Critical Concepts Also Provide An Analytic Study Of The Critical Works. Important Postcolonial Critics Like Edward Said, Homi K. Bhabha And Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Have Been Discussed With New Insight.Professor Das Has Explained The Theories And The Texts With Clarity And Precision In A Lucid Language. This Is An Invaluable Reference Book For Anyone Interested In The Field Of Literary Criticism In The Twentieth Century.

The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory

Author: Paul Wake
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134123278
Release Date: 2013-06-19
Genre: Literary Criticism

Now in a fully updated second edition The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory is an indispensible guide for anyone approaching the field for the first time. Exploring ideas from a diverse range of disciplines through a series of 11 critical essays and a dictionary of key names and terms, this book examines some of the most complex and fundamental theories in modern scholarship including: Marxism Trauma Theory Ecocriticism Psychoanalysis Feminism Posthumanism Gender and Queer Theory Structuralism Narrative Postcolonialism Deconstruction Postmodernism With three new essays, an updated introduction, further reading and a wealth of new dictionary entries, this text is an indispensible guide for all students of the theoretically informed arts, humanities and social sciences.

The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature

Author: Lee A. Ritscher
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 0820497371
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature traces the development of laws regarding rape in pre- and early modern England, including Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Tudor changes to the legal code and how legal code, societal expectations of virtuous women, and medical theory interact to coerce silence from early modern rape victims. These forces come to play in the literary texts under examination, including poetry from Sir Philip Sidney and George Gascoigne and drama by William Shakespeare and Thomas Heywood. By examining the narratorial slippage, the gaps between the original Roman myth and the Elizabethan retellings of the narrative, this study seeks to tease out the sites of particularly English forms of misogyny and discover how this misogyny affects all women, not just those who are rape victims.

Reader s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

Author: Timothy F. Murphy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1579581420
Release Date: 2000-01
Genre: Social Science

The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).

Key Concepts in Cultural Studies

Author: Maja Mikula
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137231376
Release Date: 2008-03-04
Genre: Social Science

This is a student friendly resource for the rapidly developing field of cultural studies. Organized alphabetically, it provides a comprehensive selection of accessible definitions of key cultural studies terms, guides readers to critical reference for further reading and places cultural studies in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts.

Transnational Contexts of Culture Gender Class and Colonialism in Play

Author: Alexis Pulos
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319438177
Release Date: 2016-12-24
Genre: Social Science

This book examines the local, regional and transnational contexts of video games through a focused analysis on gaming communities, the ways game design regulates gender and class relations, and the impacts of colonization on game design. The critical interest in games as a cultural artifact is covered by a wide range of interdisciplinary work. To highlight the social impacts of games the first section of the book covers the systems built around high score game competitions, the development of independent game design communities, and the formation of fan communities and cosplay. The second section of the book offers a deeper analysis of game structures, gender and masculinity, and the economic constraints of empire that are built into game design. The final section offers a macro perspective on transnational and colonial discourses built into the cultural structures of East Asian game play.

The Dread of Difference

Author: Barry Keith Grant
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9781477302422
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Performing Arts

"The Dread of Difference is a classic. Few film studies texts have been so widely read and so influential. It's rarely on the shelf at my university library, so continuously does it circulate. Now this new edition expands the already comprehensive coverage of gender in the horror film with new essays on recent developments such as the Hostel series and torture porn. Informative and enlightening, this updated classic is an essential reference for fans and students of horror movies."—Stephen Prince, editor of The Horror Film and author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality "An impressive array of distinguished scholars . . . gazes deeply into the darkness and then forms a Dionysian chorus reaffirming that sexuality and the monstrous are indeed mated in many horror films."—Choice "An extremely useful introduction to recent thinking about gender issues within this genre."—Film Theory

Gender at Work in Victorian Culture

Author: Martin A. Danahay
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351934695
Release Date: 2016-12-05
Genre: Literary Criticism

Martin A. Danahay's lucidly argued and accessibly written volume offers a solid introduction to important issues surrounding the definition and division of labor in British society and culture. 'Work,' Danahay argues, was a term rife with ideological contradictions for Victorian males during a period when it was considered synonymous with masculinity. Male writers and artists in particular found their labors troubled by class and gender ideologies that idealized 'man's work' as sweaty, muscled labor and tended to feminize intellectual and artistic pursuits. Though many romanticized working-class labor, the fissured representation of the masculine body occasioned by the distinction between manual labor and 'brain work' made it impossible for them to overcome the Victorian class hierarchy of labor. Through cultural studies analyses of the novels of Dickens and Gissing; the nonfiction prose of Carlyle, Ruskin and Morris; the poetry of Thomas Hood; paintings by Richard Redgrave, William Bell Scott, and Ford Madox Brown; and contemporary photographs, including many from the Munby Collection, Danahay examines the ideological contradictions in Victorian representations of men at work. His book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of English literature, history, and gender studies.

Epistemology of the Closet

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520934482
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

Since the late 1980s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. This has been due, in no small degree, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critically acclaimed "Epistemology of the Closet. "Working from classic texts of European and American writers including Melville, James, Nietzsche, Proust, and Wilde Sedgwick analyzes a turn-of-the-century historical moment in which sexual orientation became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In her preface to this updated edition Sedgwick places the book both personally and historically, looking specifically at the horror of the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text."

The Politics of Gender Culture Under State Socialism

Author: Hana Havelková
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317819080
Release Date: 2014-02-03
Genre: Political Science

Though there has been much research on the incomplete emancipation project of state socialism in East and Central Europe, very little has been published on how the state and its institutions conceived of gender as a concept. This book seeks to understand if and how this conceptualization developed in the second half of the twentieth century, and what impact it had on everyday life and on culture. This study moves beyond the dichotomous gender perspectives and towards a nuanced understanding of the diverse discursive negotiations, agendas, actors and agency involved in state-socialist gender practices. Including a detailed case study on Czechoslovakia, contributors explore these issues in a series of independent, but collaboratively developed studies, placing their research in the context of other East Central European countries. The studies collected in the volume bring to light fresh material and consider it from the combined perspective of current gender theory and internal ideological dynamics of state socialism, breaking new ground in gender theory, cultural theory and studies of state socialism. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of gender studies, socialism, Cold-War politics and Eastern European politics and culture.

The Making of English Popular Culture

Author: John Storey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317519676
Release Date: 2016-05-20
Genre: Social Science

The Making of English Popular Culture provides an account of the making of popular culture in the nineteenth century. While a form of what we might describe as popular culture existed before this period, John Storey has assembled a collection that demonstrates how what we now think of as popular culture first emerged as a result of the enormous changes that accompanied the industrial revolution. Particularly significant are the technological changes that made the production of new forms of culture possible and the concentration of people in urban areas that created significant audiences for this new culture. Consisting of fourteen original chapters that cover diverse topics ranging from seaside holidays and the invention of Christmas tradition, to advertising, music and popular fiction, the collection aims to enhance our understanding of the relationship between culture and power, as explored through areas such as ‘race’, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender. It also aims to encourage within cultural studies a renewed historical sense when engaging critically with popular culture by exploring the historical conditions surrounding the existence of popular texts and practices. Written in a highly accessible style The Making of English Popular Culture is an ideal text for undergraduates studying cultural and media studies, literary studies, cultural history and visual culture.