On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage

On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage Two of the greatest Virginia gentlemen of the eighteenth century, William Byrd II and Thomas Jefferson, broke the genteel rules of the commonplace book a place where gentlemen were to collect wisdom from their readings, recorded in variety and with detachment each to assemble a prolonged series of quotations laden with fear and hatred of women These books are witnesses to the events in which two men assembled their culture, literally enacted or embodied it in these books of themselves, on the issue of gender The books are simultaneously confessionals They are confessionals of intense personal crises of gender relations Were these outbursts meaningless and isolated incidents, or were they rare revelations of the pressures on such gentlemen to maintain patriarchal control Kenneth Lockridge leads us on an exploration of the possible structures, contexts and significances of these great mythmakers misogynistic moments Each outburst draws upon a kind of misogynistic reserve available in the continental and English intellectual traditions, but each also twists and re contexts less misogynistic excerpts to intensified effect From the interplay of intellectual traditions, personal re contextings, and the circumstances of each man s life and later behavior, arises the possibility that one or specific politics of misogyny is at work here, and that these reenactments of culture are redolent of the stresses on the male subject in the eighteenth century in general and among Virginia gentry in particular The essay is an opening of these texts only, and a reflection on their possible meanings in the wider contexts of gender and power in the eighteenth century That rage waspresent seems clear but its meanings here suggestively explored must remain contestable. Best Download Kindle ePUB On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage By Kenneth A. Lockridge – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 148 pages
  • On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage
  • Kenneth A. Lockridge
  • English
  • 02 August 2017
  • 0814750893

10 thoughts on “On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage

  1. Brendan says:

    This is a book looking at two Virginians, William Byrd and Thomas Jefferson, and their Commonplace books The book looks at the misogyny in their writing and places it in the context of the men s private l...

  2. Matthew Barlow says:

    This is a collection of writings from some of America s founding father s The glance into their psyches is interesting and informative.

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