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One man in his time plays many parts/His acts being seven ages', asserts Shakespeare's Jacques, in a speech which foreshadows what has become a commonplace of contemporary gender theory: that masculinity, far from being a secure, unproblematic gender identity, is a site of crisis and contradictions. Staging Masculinities engages with the complex and paradoxical history of masculinities by exploring the ways in which changing concepts of what it means 'to be a man' have been represented, celebrated, examined and critiqued on mainstream Western - and particularly English - stages. Mapping a history of masculinities onto a history of theatre, Michael Mangan analyses a wide range of plays and performances, from Henry V to Peter Pan, and from medieval liturgical drama to contemporary West-End hits. In the process Mangan offers new and gendered readings of several familiar plays, and traces an intricate relationship between theatrical performance and gender performance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333720189
ISBN-10: 0333720180
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Mangan

MICHAEL MANGAN is Professor of Drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published books and articles on various aspects of drama, and has worked as a playwright and director.

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