Publication date:10 June 2011
Length of book:224 pages
PublisherBucknell University Press
Masculinity, Senses, Spirit brings together current work by leading scholars in the fields of gender studies, religion, history, and cultural studies to examine the complex interrelationship between gender, sexuality, and the realms of the spirit and the senses in the Atlantic world from the eighteenthcentury to the present. Ranging in scope from the bridal mysticism of eighteenthcentury German Moravians, through the education theories of the German "Gymnasium," the creation of the gendered "gourmand," the "discovery" of homosexuality, and the hyper-masculinized homosocial groupings of the National Socialists, the essays explore the inflections of constructed masculinity in the religious, educational, culinary, political, and social institutions of Germany, France, and North America from the eighteenth century to the twentieth centuries. The collection reveals the disparate and yet related worlds of masculine gender performance, recognizing the central role of the body and its relation to the spirit and senses in notions of European and Atlantic masculinity.