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Pope, Homer, and Manliness By Carolyn D. Williams (PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University)

Pope, Homer, and Manliness by Carolyn D. Williams (PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University)

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Pope, Homer, and Manliness: Some Aspects of Eighteenth Century Classical Learning by Carolyn D. Williams (PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University)

The author here reassesses the concept of 'masculinity', and argues that it cannot be seen as an absolute standard, but only as the product of perpetual conflict between competing and unstable models.

The argument is sustained by a close reading of the problematic conflict between gendered values in eighteenth-century classical learning. Pope's Homer ensured the continuation of the tradition of using the Iliad and Odyssey to teach privileged boys how to become more 'manly'. This book examines this pedagogy in its socio-literary context, and concludes that Pope's Homer emerges as a relic of the struggle to preserve masculine dignity from the encroachments of feminine values in the text. This knowledge of classical and early modern literature has rarely been brought to bear on gender studies. First published in 1993, it remains a valuable contribution to debates concerning the reception of the Classical tradition.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Manliness in early modern Britain 1. Manliness and the Body Politic 2. Manly Learning Part 2: Gender in Pope's Homer 3. Manly Ways 4. Father of Virtue 5. The Other Sex 6. The Judgment of Ladies Part 3: The Poet Speaks 7. My Country's Poet

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NLS9781138979062
9781138979062
1138979066
Pope, Homer, and Manliness: Some Aspects of Eighteenth Century Classical Learning by Carolyn D. Williams (PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University)
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Taylor & Francis Ltd
2016-02-28
236
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