Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama

James Leggott (Editor), Julie Taddeo (Editor), Katherine Byrne (Editor)

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Never before has period drama offered viewers such an assortment of complex male characters, from transported felons and syphilitic detectives to shell shocked soldiers and gangland criminals. Neo-Victorian Gothic fictions like Penny Dreadful represent masculinity at its darkest, Poldark and Outlander have refashioned the romantic hero and anti-heritage series like Peaky Blinders portray masculinity in crisis, at moments when the patriarchy was being bombarded by forces like World War I, the rise of first wave feminism and the breakdown of Empire. Scholars of film, media, literature and history explore the very different types of maleness offered by contemporary television and show how the intersection of class, race, history and masculinity in period dramas has come to hold such broad appeal to twenty-first-century audiences.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherI. B. Tauris
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)1788313356
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2018

Publication series

NameLibrary of Gender and Popular Culture
PublisherIB Tauris


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