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A Class Apart

The Military Man in French and British Fiction, 1740–1789

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This book traces the transformation of the military man in 18th-century French and British literature as this figure moved from noble warrior to nationalised professional. It examines the way in which the masculinity of the military man was reimagined and how the military man, not a «civilian» and no longer an «aristocrat», became a separate class of man.

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Titel: A Class Apart
Autoren/Herausgeber: Karen Lacey
Aus der Reihe: French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783034318877

Seitenzahl: 244
Format: 22,5 x 15 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 370 g
Sprache: Englisch

Karen Lacey received her first degree from Birkbeck, University of London, and her PhD from King’s College London, where she is currently a Visiting Research Fellow.

The military man has long been one of literature’s archetypal figures. Using a comparative framework, this book traces the transformation of the military man in eighteenth-century British and French literature as this figure moved from noble warrior to nationalised professional in response to changes within the military structure, the role of empire and the impact of an expanding middle class. The author examines the way in which the masculinity of the military man was reimagined at a time when older models of military service persisted alongside emerging models of patriotic nationalism, inspired by bourgeois morality, the cult of sensibility and a new understanding of the role of violence in both public and private domains. Through a corpus of canonical and lesser-known literature, the book explores the military man’s relationship to the state and to his fellow citizens, even in the domestic setting. With the role of the «nobleman» in decline, the military man, not a «civilian» and no longer associated with the ‘aristocrat’, became a separate class of man.

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