Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art

Edited by Thijs Dekeukeleire, Henk De Smaele, and Marjan Sterckx

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Edited volume - paperback

Masculinities 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 case studies presented in this volume examine 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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Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 mm

352 pages

ISBN: 9789462702813

Publication: January 10, 2022

Languages: English

Henk de Smaele is professor of history at the University of Antwerp.
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.