Monday, December 23, 2013
The year 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of Anthony Rotundo's terrific book American Manhood: Transformations In Masculinity From The Revolution To The Modern Era. Unless I'm mistaken its explicit meditation on manhood as subject of history was, I believe, the first of its kind. The book's abstract reads:
In the first comprehensive history of American manhood, E. Anthony Rotundo sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the current fascination with men’s lives. Opposing the views of men’s movement leaders and best-selling authors who maintain that manliness is eternal and unchanging, Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made and that, like any human invention, it has a history. American Manhood is a fascinating account of how our understanding of what it means to be a man has changed over time.