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Author Ellis, Heather,
Title Masculinity and science in Britain, 1831-1918 / Heather Ellis.
Imprint London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
2017

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Author Ellis, Heather,
Series Genders and sexualities in history
Genders and sexualities in history.
Subject British Association for the Advancement of Science -- History.
Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Masculinity -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Masculinity -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The Man of Science as a Gendered Ideal -- 1. The Changing Public Image of the Man of Science, 1600-1830 -- 2. New Masculine Heroes: Davy, Bacon and the Construction of the Gentleman-Scientist -- 3. 'An Effete World': Gendered Criticism and the British Association -- 4. Thomas Carlyle, the X-Club and the Hero as Man of Science -- 5. The Decline of the British Association? Marginalization, Masculinity and Marconi -- 6. Reuniting Theory and Practice: The Man of Science and the First World War -- Conclusion.
Summary This book offers the first in-depth study of the masculine self-fashioning of scientific practitioners in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. Focusing on the British Association for the Advancement of Science, founded in 1831, it explores the complex and dynamic shifts in the public image of the British 'man of science' and questions the status of the natural scientist as a modern masculine hero. Until now, science has been examined by cultural historians primarily for evidence about the ways in which scientific discourses have shaped prevailing notions about women and supported the growth of oppressive patriarchal structures. This volume, by contrast, offers the first in-depth study of the importance of ideals of masculinity in the construction of the male scientist and British scientific culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From the eighteenth-century identification of the natural philosopher with the reclusive scholar, to early nineteenth-century attempts to reinvent the scientist as a fashionable gentleman, to his subsequent reimagining as the epitome of Victorian moral earnestness and meritocracy, Heather Ellis analyzes the complex and changing public image of the British 'man of science'.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781137311740 (electronic bk.)
1137311746 (electronic bk.)
1137311738
9781137311733
9781137311733
OCLC # 971542240
Additional Format Print version: Ellis, Heather. Masculinity and science in Britain, 1831-1918. London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] 1137311738 (DLC) 2016957768 (OCoLC)956624273



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