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The aim of the book is to define the nature of literary collaboration by authors in the mediation and production of the novel of masculine action in the period 1885-1905. Collaboration in texts is a very interesting problematic that becomes more marked in the late-Victorian period.
I have analysed the nature and motivation on which various literary collaborations rested, looking at the issue of sexuality within the discourse and at the disputes that arose and the rivalries that existed within the male bonded community.
It engages critically with ways in which masculinity, in the late-Victorian period
and subsequently, has been accepted as a matter of fact and "given"; and, in
terms of theory, the book is tied to, and attempts to extend recent work in
gender and cultural studies.
Its context is within literary criticism of Nineteenth-Century fiction and culture.
The intended readers are academics and others who are interested in the issue of masculinities and gender theory through the prism of the twenty-first century. It will also be of interest to the general reader who wishes to enhance her/his knowledge of the culture and aesthetics of the period.