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Look Inside Masculinity, Militarism and Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1689–1815

Masculinity, Militarism and Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1689–1815

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  • Publication planned for: June 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107195196

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  • This book investigates the figure of the military man in the long eighteenth century in order to explore how ideas about militarism served as vehicles for conceptualizations of masculinity. Bringing together representations of military men and accounts of court martial proceedings, this book examines eighteenth-century arguments about masculinity and those that appealed to the 'naturally' sexed body and construed masculinity as social construction and performance. Julia Banister's discussion draws on a range of printed materials, including canonical literary and philosophical texts by David Hume, Adam Smith, Horace Walpole and Jane Austen, and texts relating to the naval trials of, amongst others, Admiral John Byng. By mapping eighteenth-century ideas about militarism, including professionalism and heroism, alongside broader cultural concerns with politeness, sensibility, the Gothic past and celebrity, Julia Banister reveals how ideas about masculinity and militarism were shaped by and within eighteenth-century culture.

    • Provides a multifaceted discussion of the ideas surrounding the figure of the military man in the long eighteenth century
    • Investigates ideas of masculinity through case studies of five court-martials of such men as Admiral John Byng
    • Draws on the work of a range of writers from Hume to Austen as well as other less often studied printed sources
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107195196
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: debating military masculinity
    1. The military man and Augustan anxieties: Trenchard, Steele, Boswell
    2. Performing military professionalism: the trials of admirals Thomas Mathews and Richard Lestock, 1744–6
    3. The new old military hero: the trial of Admiral John Byng, 1756–7
    4. The military man and the return to the Gothic past: Hume, Hurd, Walpole
    5. The military man and the culture of sensibility: Smith, Ferguson, Mackenzie
    6. Making military celebrity: the trials of Admirals Keppel and Palliser, 1778–9
    7. (De)romanticizing military heroism: Clarke, Southey, Austen
    Conclusion: rethinking military masculinity

  • Author

    Julia Banister, Leeds Beckett University
    Julia Banister is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Beckett University.

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