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Men On Trial by Katie Barclay

Men on Trial

Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-45

Katie Barclay

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Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 29 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781526132925

Men on Trial provides the first history of masculinity and the law in early nineteenth-century Ireland. It combines cutting-edge theories from the history of emotion, performativity and gender studies to argue for gender as a creative and productive force in determining legal and social power relationships. -- .

4 stars out of 5
Rebecca Ann Barr
9 Mar 2019

"rethinking the history of gender and masculinity in Ireland"

Men on Trial argues not only that the courtroom was a “microcosm of Irish society” but also that the press coverage of its proceedings shaped Irish national identity...If stoic self-control became the dominant mode of British imperial masculinity, Barclay shows that Irish manliness retained a distinctly emotional sensibility. Displays of feeling were viewed positively as signs of moral responsibility in public office...By illuminating 19th-century masculinities, Barclay contributes to the vital work of rethinking the history of gender and masculinity in Ireland.