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The boy-man, masculinity and immaturity in the long nineteenth century / Pete Newbon.

Author/Creator:
Newbon, Peter J., author.
Publication:
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019] , ©2019
Series:
Palgrave studies in the history of childhood.
Palgrave studies in the history of childhood
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 357 pages ; 21 cm.
Subjects:
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
Romanticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Masculinity in literature.
English literature.
English literature -- Male authors.
Masculinity in literature.
Romanticism.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Summary:
"This book explores the evolution of male writers marked by peculiar traits of childlike immaturity. The ‘Boy-Man’ emerged from the nexus of Rousseau’s counter-Enlightenment cultural primitivism, Sensibility’s ‘Man of Feeling’, the Chattertonian poet maudit, and the Romantic idealisation of childhood. The Romantic era saw the proliferation of boy-men, who congregated around such metropolitan institutions as The London Magazine. These included John Keats, Leigh Hunt, Charles Lamb, Hartley Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Thomas Hood. In the period of the French Revolution, terms of childishness were used against such writers as Wordsworth, Keats, Hunt and Lamb as a tool of political satire. Yet boy-men writers conversely used their amphibian child-adult literary personae to critique the masculinist ideologies of their era. However, the growing cultural and political conservatism of the nineteenth century, and the emergence of a canon of serious literature, inculcated the relegation of the boy-men from the republic of letters"--Back cover.
Contents:
Introduction: too much of the boy-man
Self-incurred immaturity
Literary origins: Sterne, Rousseau, Chatterton and Wordsworth
Namby-pamby Wordsworth
The marks of infancy were burned into him
Little Johnny Keats: a boy of pretty abilities
Lamb and the Age of Cant: jokes, puns and nonsense
Hartley Coleridge and the muscular Christians
Pantomime and the politics of play
The Dark Interpreter: De Quincey and the legacy of Wordsworthian childhood
Farewell to Skimpole: romantic boy-men and canonical occlusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-352) and index.
Other format:
ebook version :
ISBN:
9781137408136
1137408138
9781137408143
OCLC:
1064942149
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