By tracing the rise of the New Man alongside novelistic changes in the representations of marriage, MacDonald shows how this figure encouraged Victorian writers to reassess masculine behaviour and to re-imagine the marriage plot in light of wider social changes. She finds examples in novels by Dickens, Anne Brontë, George Eliot and George Gissing.
1. Middle-Class Manliness and the Dickensian Gentleman 2. Healing Masculinity in Mid-century Fiction 3. Doctors, Dandies and New Man in New Woman Fiction 4. The Retreat of the New Man at the Fin de Siecle 5. Sympathy, Suffering and Schreiner's Colonial New Men Conclusion Works Cited