Validating Bachelorhood

Audience, Patriarchy and Charles Brockden Brown's Editorship of the Monthly Magazine and American Review

By Scott Slawinski

© 2005 – Routledge

140 pages

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About the Book

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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Scott Slawinski is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Western Michigan University.

About the Series

Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / General