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This book explores images of single and married men in C.B. Brown's Monthly Magazine and concludes that Brown used his periodical as a vehicle for validating bachelorhood as a viable alternative form of masculinity.
'Slawinski's book is well written and intelligent, useful both for the lesson it provides in how to derive meaning from the often-ignored late eighteenth-century periodical literature and its call for greater attention to masculinity in history and literature.' – The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
1. Introduction 2. Women Need Not Read On: Magazines in the Early Republic and the Gendered Audience of the Monthly Magazine 3. Constructions of Masculinity and Brown's Male Reader 4. Marriage and Bachelorhood: Fiction in the Monthly Magazine 5. Prospects