CFP: The Male Body in Victorian Literature and Culture


Call for Contributions: The Male Body in Victorian Literature and Culture

There exists a considerable amount of research focused on the female body in the Victorian period. However, the representations of and discourses surrounding the physicality of her male counterpart have begun to be examined only recently.

Focusing approximately on the period between 1830 and 1910, this edited collection of essays aims to contribute to the bridging of this gap in existing Victorian scholarship. The collection intends to explore the male body as represented in Victorian literary and cultural texts, from visual culture to the periodical press, fiction, poetry and drama, and from art to advertisement and fashion. In doing so, the editors seek to navigate the diversity of representations of physical maleness, manliness, and masculinities in the Victorian period in order to illuminate further this little examined field.

Topics for essays may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Dress, fashion, and the male body
  • Modified male bodies (body building, tattoos, etc.)
  • The foreign and/or ‘other’ male body as represented in discourses of nationhood, nationality, and empire

The editors invite 500-word proposals for chapters of up to 7,000 words.

See the full announcement here.

Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2013

For questions regarding submissions contact both Dr. Nadine Muller and Joanne Parsons.

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