The Masculinity Studies Reader is a collection of previously published essays that have defined the interdisciplinary study of masculinity. Bringing together scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, this volume serves multiple functions as a teaching companion, introduction to the field, and scholarly resource. Showcasing key theorists, including Kimmel, Silverman, Halperin, Freud, Dyer, Boyarin, and Fanon, the Reader seeks to reconceptualize the masculinity studies debate along the axes of empire, borders, representations, the social sciences, and eroticism, as well as across such diverse fields as film, anthropology, women's studies, sociology, and queer theory. An introductory essay written by the editors frames widely-read and -cited work in a new context that is intended simultaneously to establish the contours of, and to raise questions about, masculinity as a field of academic inquiry.
Rachel Adams is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her writing includes the book Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001) and articles that have appeared in American Literature, Camera Obscura, GLQ, and Michigan Quarterly. David Savran is Professor of English at Brown University. He has written two books on masculinity, Taking It Like a Man: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture (1998) and Communists, Cowboys, and Queers: The Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams (1992).
Acknowledgments. Editors' Acknowledgments. Introduction (Rachel Adams and David Savran) Part I: Eroticism. Introduction. 1. Some Psychological Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes (Sigmund Freud) 2. Masochism and Male Subjectivity (Kaja Silverman) 3. Subject Honor, Object Shame (Roger Lancaster) 4. The Democratic Body: Prostitution and Citizenship in Classical Athens (David Halperin) Part II: Social Sciences. Introduction. 5. Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight (Clifford Geertz) 6. Toward a New Sociology of Masculinity (Tim Carrigan, Bob Connell, and John Lee) 7. The Fraternal Social Contract (Carole Pateman) 8. The Birth of the Self-made Man (Michael Kimmel) Part III: Representations. Introduction. 9. The Beast in the Closet: James and the Writing of Homosexual Panic (Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick) 10. The Woman Warrior versus The Chinaman Pacific: Must a Chinese American Critic Choose between Feminism and Heroism (King-Kok Cheung) 11. Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial Difference and the Homoerotic Imaginary (Kobena Mercer) 12. Bonds of (In)Difference (Robyn Wiegman) Part IV: Empire and Modernity. Introduction. 13. The Fact of Blackness (Frantz Fanon) 14. The History of Masculinity (R. W. Connell) 15. The White Man's Muscles (Richard Dyer) 16. What Does a Jew Want? or, The Political Meaning of the Phallus (Daniel Boyarin) 17. The Economy of Colonial Desire (Revathi Krishnaswamy) 18. Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian Intifada (Julie Peteet) Part V: Borders. Introduction. 19. Homosexuality and the Signs of Male Friendship in Elizabethan England (Alan Bray) 20. An Introduction to Female Masculinity (Judith Halberstam) 21. "That Sexe Which Prevaileth" (Anne Fausto-Sterling) 22. The Gender of Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Don Kulick) Index.