Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of. In the first comprehensive history of American manhood, E. Anthony Rotundo sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the Read More. In AMERICAN MANHOOD, Rotundo studies the changing experience of manhood over the past two hundred years among influential “white, middle class .

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How does a “manly” man act? Similarly, men’s relation to women, while never abjuring the underlying framework of gender spheres, has repeatedly shifted to buttress men’s superiority.

Speaking directly to the contemporary dilemmas of American masculinity, Rotundo brilliantly analyzes the moral and psychologicalparadoxes of becoming a man, discussing the bonds between mothers and sons as rogundo as fathers and sons; the origins of an idealized athleticism; the worship of heroic entrepreneurs; patterns of love, marriage, and sexuality; and the roots of disdain for male homosexuality.

Also in the nineteenth century, men often wrote each other love letters – even such famous Americans as Alexander Hamilton and Daniel Webster. Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism. Sign In Forgot password? Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most americsn of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Contents Toward a History of American. The first history of American manhood this book sweeps away the groundless assumptions and rptundo that inform the current fascination with men’s lives.


American manhood: transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era

Anthony Rotundo No preview available – A second revolution occurred in the twentieth century as “passionate manhood”, based on aggression, combativeness, and sexual dotundo, became the ideal.

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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history.

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What is “naturally” male? Be the first to discover new talent! Sexuality, too, Rotundo says, has changed profoundly, and not always in ways we would think: Rotunod purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. The book also reveals how manhold concepts of manhood helped to define the character of many important modern American institutions, from higher education to sports to politics.

Opposing the views of men’s movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain that manliness is eternal and unchanging, E.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the past two centuries, and presents a radically different portrait of manhood in earlier times.

In colonial America, “communal manhood” – emphasizing social bonds and a man’s place at the head of the household – dominated men’s lives. Here is a fascinating account of how our understanding of what it means to be a man has changed over time. The Myth of Silent Spring: While boys were once seen as separate from men–at times, more like females; later, as a host of antisocial impulses that need to be suppressed–by the end of the 19th century, men with Theodore Roosevelt as paradigm were seen as overgrown boys, their boyish impulses being their best part.

American manhood: transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. The 18th century lacked a true concept of homosexuality, allowing adult male friends to spend the night in each others’ arms–an act inconceivable to most contemporary heterosexuals.

Hamburg rltundo Burlesque to the Beatles, While the slice of society Rotundo examines is narrow, what he reveals goes deep. Citing articles via Google Scholar.