This project, Manliness in Early America, is a much-needed anthology on masculinity in America from contact through the Revolutionary era. The collection will showcase the latest research of junior and senior historians. It will draw from recent scholarship informed by women’s and gender history including feminist theory, gender theory, new cultural history, social history, and literary criticism.
As an anthology this work will be able to address the variety of standards and ideals of manliness in early America and highlight differences including by region, religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, politics, commerce, leisure, education, and period.
New York University Press has expressed strong interest in publishing this project. I’m in the process now of soliciting proposals for chapters so that I may put together a book prospectus within the next few months to secure a contract.
I hope to have completed submissions by late fall 2008.
This book will be of interest to specialists and non-specialists alike. It will serve as a useful anthology in courses on the history of gender. It will be especially useful for courses that seek to incorporate gender into histories of colonial and Revolutionary America – as well as for courses in US Women’s history that wish to broaden their focus to include gender more broadly. It will, therefore, be of interest to academic audiences and to popular audiences interested in gender history and early American history.
The collection will be approximately 350 pages in length. The manuscript will be completed by winter 2010.
Please let me know if you would be interested in submitting an abstract or proposal for a chapter. If you’d like, please feel free to email to discuss the project.
Please feel free to circulate this call for contributors.
Thomas A. Foster
History, SAC 420
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago IL 60614 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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