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The "New Man" and Male Homosocial Desire in Late Nineteenth-century Polish Novels
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
2014 (English)In: Mundo Eslavo: Journal of Slavic Studies, ISSN 1579-8372, E-ISSN 2255-517X, no 13, 129-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study of nineteenth-century Polish novels offers an exploration of cultural constructions of masculinities within the upper class and evolving middle-classes towards the end of century. It explores different social contexts and the ways in which literature shapes and interrogates men’s social roles and codes of behavior. The traditional rules and codes of the upper class are challenged by “New Men”, such as the parvenu Stanisław Wokulski, and their attempts to assimilate into the world of the class to which they do not belong. An examination of these new protagonists also precipitates a deeper understanding of hierarchical structures in public and semi-public spheres, friendships and rivalry between and among men as well as their attitudes towards women in general. The aim of this article is to present briefly the story of Wokulski’s unsuccessful homosocial climbing and to examine the ambiguities of his character from a gender perspective.

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2014. no 13, 129-137 p.
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Masculinity, homosociality, the "New Man", Wokulski, mediated desire
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111283DiVA: diva2:775126
Available from: 2014-12-30 Created: 2014-12-30 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved

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