Undergraduate Course: Making Men: The History of British Masculinity, c. 1700-1900 (HIST10477)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||What makes a man? Is it something consistent - manners, clothes, body parts - or something changeable, subject to external social, cultural, economic and political factors and historical circumstance? Source-led, this course interrogates these questions in relation to the history of British masculinity across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exploring how concepts and experiences of masculinity were, and remain, tightly enmeshed with the social, cultural and political histories of a country and period.
This course examines the history of masculinity in Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will be introduced to key concepts and debates within the history of masculinity and gender and will consider how different sources and approaches have led historians to draw very different conclusions about the nature of British masculinity in different periods. By exploring two of these periods together, this course will identify the changes and continuities in how masculinity was idealised, critiqued, formed and experienced in Britain.
Using a wide range of sources, from conduct books, novels and private correspondence to caricatures and clothing, the course is divided into four key themes that will consider: the types and ideals of masculinity within societal discourses; how performances and concepts of manhood altered throughout men¿s life cycles; the relationship between different cultural trends and masculinity; and how cultures and experiences of masculinity were shaped by intersecting factors such as social status, race, and sexuality. Overall, the course will demonstrate how to interrogate primary sources through the lens of gender, and the importance of gender as a category of analysis when investigating the social, cultural and political histories of a country and period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||50% Coursework; 50% Exam:
Coursework: 4,000 word essay (25%)
Coursework: 4,000 word primary source analysis portfolio (25%)
Exam: 3 hour paper (50%)
||Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British masculinity and an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon scholarship relating to eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British masculinity;
- recognise and appraise key conceptual and methodological questions in the history of masculinity and gender;
- understand, critically evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- develop and sustain scholarly arguments, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- make formal presentations, led and contribute to discussions in relation to course topics.
|Initial Reading list:|
Begiato, Joanne. Manliness in Britain, 1760-1900: Bodies, emotion, and material culture. Manchester University Press, 2020.
Carter, Philip. Men and the emergence of polite society, Britain, 1660-1800. Longman Group, 2001.
Cohen, Michèle. Fashioning Masculinity: National identity and language in the eighteenth century. Routledge, 2002.
Davidoff, Leonore, and Catherine Hall. Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850. Hutchinson, 1987.
Dawson, Graham. Soldier Heroes: British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities: British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinity. Routledge, 1994.
French, Henry, and Mark Rothery.Man's Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities, 1660-1900. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Griffin, Ben. 'Hegemonic masculinity as a historical problem'. Gender & History 30:2 (2018): 377-400.
Harvey, Karen and Alexandra Shepard. 'What have historians done with masculinity? Reflections on five centuries of British history, circa 1500-1950'. Journal of British Studies 44.2 (2005): 274-280.
Hitchcock, Tim, and Michèle Cohen (ed.), English Masculinities, 1660-1800. Pearson, 1999.
Mangan, J. A. Athleticism in the Victorian and Edwardian Public School. Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Norton, Ricto. 'Recovering gay history from the Old Bailey.' London Journal, 30.1 (2005): 39-54.
Roper, Michael and John Tosh (ed.). Manful Assertions: Masculinities in Britain Since 1800. Routledge, 1991.
Tosh, John.A Man's Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England. Yale University Press, 1999.
Whale, John. "Daniel Mendoza's Contests of Identity: Masculinity, Ethnicity and Nation in Georgian Prize-fighting." Romanticism14.3 (2008): 259-271.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On completion of the course, the students will attain skills in the following graduate attributes: critical awareness, particularly in relation to continuity and change over an extended time span; the ability to clearly, critically and tolerantly communicate, in verbal and written format; time management.
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Goldsmith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4620
|Course secretary||Miss Mel Baker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030