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    The importance and impossibility of manhood: polite and libertine masculinities in the Urban Eighteenth Century

    Carr, Rosalind (2017) The importance and impossibility of manhood: polite and libertine masculinities in the Urban Eighteenth Century. In: Abrams, L. and Ewan, E.L. (eds.) Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinity in Scottish History. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474403894.

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    Abstract

    This chapter explores the continuum of polite and libertine expression of manhood in eighteenth-century Scotland through an examination of violence, independence, sexuality and friendship, drawing particularly on life writing by men such as James Boswell and the minister Thomas Sutherland. Shifting ideals of behaviour and sentiment served to assert manhood among different men and individuals could adopt different manly personas ranging from the polite gentleman to the libertine depending on locale and time of day. Among the issues discussed are changing responses to duelling, amended definitions of honour, the importance of economic credit and independence, varied attitudes to the sexuality of women, and the conflicting pulls of virtuous self-governed manhood and the opportunities for sexual licence, both heterosexual and homosexual, provided in the growing towns of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Scotland, masculinity, sexuality, violence, friendship, homosexuality, Edinburgh, James Boswell, honour
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 11:03
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 09:44
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31277

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