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Counterfeit gentlemen : manhood and humor in the old South, John Mayfield

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Counterfeit gentlemen : manhood and humor in the old South
Title
Counterfeit gentlemen
Title remainder
manhood and humor in the old South
Statement of responsibility
John Mayfield
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Counterfeit Gentlemen is a stunning reappraisal of white Southern manhood and identity that uses humor and humorists to carry the reader into the very heart of antebellum culture." "What did it mean to be a white man in the antebellum South? And how can we answer this question from the perspective of the early twenty-first century? John Mayfield does so by revealing how early nineteenth-century Southern humorists addressed the anxieties felt by men seeking to chart a new path between the old honor culture and the new market culture. Lacking the constraints imposed by journalism or proper literature, these writers created fictional worlds where manhood and identity could be tested and explored." "Preoccupied alternately by moonlight and magnolias and racism and rape, we have continually presented ourselves with an Old South so mirthless it couldn't breathe. If all Mayfield did was remind us that Old Southerners laughed he would have accomplished something. But he also offers a sophisticated analysis of the social functions humor performed and the social anxieties it reflected." "At the same time, Mayfield remains focused on the Southern man himself. Lost between two idealized Souths - partner in the evolution of capitalism and democratic institutions on one side and pre-capitalistic, patriarchal, honor-bound, and conservative on the other. This divide presents interesting ground for this investigation of male identity. Much of what we know about the self-identification of women, slaves, and free blacks is based upon how they defined themselves relative to white men. But we know little of these men's own gender identity - how they defined themselves." "This fascinating book explores the bewildering task of being a "man" in the Old South and how Southern writers used humor to negotiate a path between being a cavalier and con man."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1945-
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Mayfield, John
Dewey number
305.310975/09034
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1090.5.S68
LC item number
M395 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New perspectives on the history of the South
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Masculinity
  • Sex role
  • Patriarchy
  • Men
  • Social values
  • Masculinity in literature
  • American wit and humor
  • American literature
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
Label
Counterfeit gentlemen : manhood and humor in the old South, John Mayfield
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-155) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Negotiating manhood in the Old South -- The conception and estimate of a gentleman -- Georgia theatrics, Georgia yankees -- Counterfeit presentments -- Useful alloys -- Swamp fevers -- Notes from the underground
Control code
253637624
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxviii, 173 pages
Isbn
9780813033372
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008040301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)253637624
Label
Counterfeit gentlemen : manhood and humor in the old South, John Mayfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-155) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Negotiating manhood in the Old South -- The conception and estimate of a gentleman -- Georgia theatrics, Georgia yankees -- Counterfeit presentments -- Useful alloys -- Swamp fevers -- Notes from the underground
Control code
253637624
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxviii, 173 pages
Isbn
9780813033372
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008040301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)253637624

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