This international and multidisciplinary volume focuses on the male body and constructions of gender in a variety of cultural productions and formats. Locating the subject matter in relevant theoretical fields, it looks at representations of male bodies in various contexts through paranoid and reparative lenses. Organized into four major sections, the contributions assembled in this book feature engaging readings of ‘non/conforming bodies’, ‘fashionable bodies’, ‘passing bodies’, and ‘pioneering bodies’ that to different degrees foreground their critical and creative potentials. In its full scope, the book acknowledges the plurality of gendered experiences and the diversity of male bodies. The Male Body in Representation: Returning to Matter adds to Cultural Studies scholarship interested in the body and gender in general and contributes to the fields of Masculinity and Body Studies in particular.
Carmen Dexl is an assistant professor in American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany, where she is currently working on her second book project in the fields of Performance Studies, Age Studies, and Body Studies.
Silvia Gerlsbeck is a research associate in English Literature and Culture at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Her dissertation examines negotiations of authorship and masculinity in Caribbean British literature.