MLA 2017 Panel Proposal: The Boundaries of Masculinity in the Long Nineteenth Century
This is a call for paper proposals that address the shifting, complicated, and fractured boundaries, definitions, and iterations of masculinity in texts from 1789-1914.
In her seminal study, R. W. Connell defines masculinity in quasi-geographical terms, as a “place in gender relations” that is impacted by practice, bodily experience, personality, and culture. The boundaries of masculinity only began shifting, she argues, during the nineteenth century. Connell describes how the rise of women’s movements, complications of industrial capitalism, and the fluctuating borders and imaginations of the colonial and post-colonial world radically refigured the ways in which masculinity was produced and reproduced.
This panel will examine various forms of masculine boundaries in long nineteenth-century texts. Potential participants are encouraged to consider not only Connell’s trio of factors, but also other approaches to the question of masculinity that are specific to the conditions of the long nineteenth century. For example, papers might address some of the following questions: