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Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

 
 
 
 
Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France
Author: Robert A. Nye
ISBN 13: 9780520215108
ISBN 10: 520215109
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1998-11-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $36.95
 
 

In this study of upper-class masculinity from the end of the ancien régime in 1789 to the end of World War I, Robert Nye argues that manhood, masculinity, and male sexuality is, like femininity, a cultural construct, comprising a strict set of heroic ideals and codes of honor which few men have been able to realize in practice.
In doing so, Nye destabilizes and historicizes the male body, and incorporates gender into the brand of cultural history inaugurated by Norbert Elias in the 1930s.