The Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries, 1870-1930 (The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society)

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In this path-breaking history of manhood and masculinity, Angus McLaren examines how nineteenth- and twentieth-century western society created what we now take to be the traditional model of the heterosexual male.

"Inherently interesting. . . . Exhibitionism, pornography, and deception all have their place here."—Library Journal

"An appealing wealth of evidence of what trials can reveal about the boundaries of men's roles around the turn of the century."—Kirkus Reviews

"It is difficult to imagine a better guide to the most notorious scandals of our great-grandparents' day."—Graham Rosenstock, Lambda Book Report

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Angus McLaren

is a leading figure in the history of sexuality, professor emeritus of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of several books, including

The Trials of Masculinity: Policing of Sexual Boundaries, 1870–1930

;

A Prescription for Murder

; and

Impotence: A Cultural History

.

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McLaren (history, Univ. of Victoria, British Columbia) is what might be called a historical criminologist, seeking unusual criminal cases at the turn of the last century that reveal the borders of gender and expose them for the ways they demonstrate the problematical aspects of male sexual behavior. The cases are inherently interesting, removed from the present hysteria about sexual issues. Exhibitionism, pornography, and deception all have their place here. McLaren is most engaging in presenting the cases and the issues they raise, dignifying the discussion of gender as a constructed element of social life. Recommended for all academic libraries and public libraries with an audience for academic history.?David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia.
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