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Title: Affect and the history of women, gender and masculinity
Authors: O'Donnell, Katherine
Keywords: Literary studies
Affect
Feminist history writing
Gender history
Masculinity
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Abstract: This article begins with looking at the disciplines of literary studies and history to discuss how they are distinct yet share a certain overlapping ground. Literary studies’ focus on the subject matter of affect and historians’ focus on verifying facts are rudimentary distinctions between the fields but despite the differences in method and perspective between these disciplines, the boundaries of feminist history and feminist literary studies have intersected to create a shared territory for the field of the history of women, in which the examination of affect is a crucial focus. Romantic passion between women still remains a problematic topic for women’s history but is a fertile area of study in gender history. The article looks at the relatively recent academic endeavour of historicising masculinity, and on the new work, which focuses on understanding the expression and status of emotion in male bonding. The argument is made that these historians of masculinity follow in the footsteps of feminist historical studies of affect and feminist gender history. The essay closes with thought on how this focus on historicising affect, specifically love, commitment, friendship and desire for intimacy has reverberations in contemporary society.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2447
ISBN: 0716529637
Appears in Collections:Social Justice Research Collection

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