The Question of Male Feminist Criticism
Edited by Joseph A. Boone, Michael Cadden
Routledge – 2012 – 340 pages
Over the past several years, the question of men’s relation to feminism has become a fiercely and sometimes bitterly debated subject. Engendering Men demonstrates the creative impact that feminist modes of inquiry have already had on a new generation of male critics.
In the wake of feminism, many men have found it imperative to begin the task of retheorizing the male position in our culture. This collection of new essays brings together seventeen male critics whose work – on poetry, fiction, the Broadway stage, film and television, and broader cultural and psychoanalytic texts – is opening up new avenues in criticism, as well as in gender and feminist theory.
Editors’ Introduction Part 1: Men, Feminism and Critical Institutions 1. Of Men(n) and Feminism: Who(se) Is the Sex That Writes Joseph A. Boone 2. Engendering F.O.M.: The Private Life of American Renaissance Michael Cadden 3. Redeeming the Phallus: Wallace Stevens, Frank Lentricchia, and the Politics of (Hetero)Sexuality Lee Edelman 4. "The Lady Was a Litle Pereurse": The Gender of Persuasion in Puttenham’s Arte of English Poesie Jacques Lezra 5. Dicipl(in)ing the Master, Mastering the Discipl(in)e: Erotonomies in James’ Tales of Literary Life Michael A. Cooper Part 2: Power, Panic, and Pathos in Male Culture 6. Cowboys, Cadillacs, and Cosmonauts: Families, Film Genres, and Technocultures Andrew Ross 7. "Meat Out of the Eater": Panic and Desire in American Puritan Poetry Walter Hughes 8. Hester Prynne, C’est Moi: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Anxieties of Gender Robert K. Martin 9. The Love-Master Mark Seltzer Part 3: Cleaning Out the Closet(s) 10. Are We (Not) What We Are Becoming? "Gay" "Identity," "Gay Studies," and the Disciplining of Knowledge Ed Cohen 11. Wilde’s Hard Labor and the Birth of Gay Reading Wayne Koestenbaum 12. Homo-Narcissism; or, Heterosexuality Michael Warner 13. Rebel Without a Closet Christopher Castiglia Part 4: Revolutionary Alliances: Call and Response Across Gender 14. Caged Birds: Race and Gender in the Sonnet Marcellus Blount 15. Homelessness at Home: Placing Emily Dickinson in (Women’s) History Thomas Foster 16. Celibate Sisters-in-Revolution: Towards Reading Sylvia Townsend Robert L. Caserio 17. (In)Visible Alliances: Conflicting "Chronicles" of Feminism Robert Vorlicky