Embodying Masculinities

Towards a History of the Male Body in U.S. Culture and Literature

by Jose Armengol (Volume editor)
©2013 Monographs VI, 187 Pages
Series: Masculinity Studies, Volume 3


The body remains the most visibly gendered social and cultural construction. Not only does it classify individuals into two different sexes from the very start of their lives, but some of the most obvious social divisions – such as race and nationality, age and physical appearance, religion, or class – are also written on the body. Although most studies have focused on women’s bodies, the present volume seeks to explore both the construction and deconstruction of the male body in and through U.S. culture and literature from the early twentieth century up to the present. In so doing, this book illustrates not only the changing nature of the male body but also its recurrent use as a political weapon throughout U.S. cultural and literary history. Embodying Masculinities sketches the first history of the male body in modern U.S. culture and literature. The book will be of interest to scholars in the fields of gender and masculinity studies as well as those in American studies.


VI, 187
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2013 (May)
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New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. VI, 187 pp.

Biographical notes

Jose Armengol (Volume editor)

Josep M. Armengol received his PhD in English from the University of Barcelona. He is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. A renowned masculinity scholar, he has published in prestigious academic journals such as Signs, the Hemingway Review, and Men and Masculinities. His books include Debating Masculinity; Richard Ford and the Fiction of Masculinities (Lang, 2010; winner of the 2010 literary scholarship prize of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies); Men in Color: Racialized Masculinities in U.S. Literature and Cinema; and Queering Iberia: Iberian Masculinities at the Margins (Lang, 2012). He is an international advisory editor for the journal Men and Masculinities and is working on a book on African American masculinities.


Title: Embodying Masculinities