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Writing Masculinities

Male Narratives in Twentieth-Century Fiction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ben Knights
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ben Knights
    Pages 10-48
  4. Ben Knights
    Pages 49-72
  5. Ben Knights
    Pages 107-133
  6. Ben Knights
    Pages 134-166
  7. Ben Knights
    Pages 167-221
  8. Ben Knights
    Pages 222-224
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 225-256

About this book


The great bulk of work on gender in fiction and literature has reflected feminist concerns and focused on women authors. This book attempts to extend the contemporary preoccupation with representations of gender into the terrain of masculinity and male writing. Drawing on work in both the social sciences and humanities, it explores the narrative representation of masculinity in selected twentieth-century fictions ranging from classic texts by Lawrence and Conrad to novels by John Fowles, Graham Swift, David Leavitt and others.


fiction gender novel women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TeessideUK

About the authors

Ben Knights is Emeritus Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Teesside, UK. Till 2011 he was Director of the UK national English Subject Centre (HEA). A graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, his books include Writing Masculinities: Male Narratives in Twentieth-Century Fiction (Palgrave), From Reader to Reader: Theory, Text and Practice in the Study Group , The Listening Reader: Fiction and Poetry for Counsellors and Psychotherapists , and (as editor) Masculinities in Text and Teaching (Palgrave).

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