The stereotype of the Victorian man as a flinty, sexually repressed patriarch belies the remarkably wide variety of male behaviors and conceptions of manhood during the mid- to late- nineteenth century. A complex pattern of alternative and even competing behaviors and attitudes emerges in this important collection of essays that points toward a "gendered history" of men.
history. The twelve essays presented here are from a 1987 conference (at Columbia U.) organized by the editors (both are historians, Carnes at Barnard, Griffen at Vassar). The impetus was their curiousity about the implications for men's history of recent developments in women's history. The contributions are organized into four sections, each with an introduction, on constructions of masculinity from boyhood to adulthood, in friendship and marriage, in work and the workplace, and directions for future research. The field of men's history is ripe for an expansion parallel to the work of the last two decades in women's Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)