Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art
Edited by Thijs Dekeukeleire, Henk De Smaele, and Marjan Sterckx
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Edited volume - paperback
in nineteenth-century art through the lens of gender and queer history
Male bonds were omnipresent in nineteenth-century European artistic scenes, impacting the creation, presentation, and reception of art in decisive ways. Men’s lives and careers bore the marks of their relations with other men. Yet, such male bonds are seldom acknowledged for what they are: gendered and historically determined social constructs. This volume shines a critical light on male homosociality in the arts of the long nineteenth century by combining art history with the insights of gender and queer history. From this interdisciplinary perspective, the contributing authors present case studies of men’s relationships in a variety of contexts, which range from the Hungarian Reform Age to the Belgian fin de siècle. As a whole, the book offers a historicizing survey of the male bonds that underpinned nineteenth-century art and a thought-provoking reflection on its theoretical and methodological implications.
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Thijs Dekeukeleire, Marjan Sterckx, Henk de Smaele
Bonds, bounds, and beyond
Part I: Familial bonds: Mediating masculine intimacy
Brothers-in-law of the brush
The prodigal son revisited
Part II: Coercive bonds: Disciplining the male body
Alliances of virtue
Undressing the army
Part III: Covert bonds: Queering the nineteenth-century man
Raphael, Jonah, and Antinoüs
Crawford Alexander Mann III
Brigid M. Boyle
Men and models of the city
Part IV: Forged bonds: Competing for each other’s attention
Dressing the part
The struggle is real
Format: Edited volume - paperback
Size: 230 × 170 × 16 mm
Publication: January 10, 2022
Stock item number: 146007
Marjan Sterckx is associate professor of art history at Ghent University.
Thijs Dekeukeleire is an independent scholar who obtained his PhD in art history and history from Ghent University and the University of Antwerp.