Soldier Heroes: British Adventure, Empire, and the Imagining of Masculinities

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Art - 350 pages
Soldier heroes of the modern world have proved potent images of Britishness and the masculine. Soldier Heroes presents a ground-breaking exploration of the imagining of masculinities in adventure stories. Its analyses range across biographies and news reports, novels and play fantasies. Drawing on literary theory, cultural materialism and psychoanalysis, it traces a history of British heroic masculinities from nineteenth-century imperialism to the present, and examines their internalization in the lived identities of men and boys.
 

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Contents

Soldier heroes adventure and the historical
9
MASCULINITY PHANTASY AND HISTORY
27
THE ADVENTURE QUEST AND ITS CULTURAL
53
SIR HENRY HAVELOCK
79
T E LAWRENCE
208
BOYHOOD PHANTASIES
233
BOYHOOD MASCULINITY SOCIAL
259
Soldier heroes and the cultural politics of reparation
282
Notes
293
Index
337
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Graham Dawson is Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Brighton.

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