Applying Masculinity Theories to Early Modernity

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This presentation will ask the following question: how can we apply the current research on masculinities to the study of Early Modern art and literature without falling in the temptation of anachronism? In order to do so, the presenter will give an overview of masculinity theories from Jung and Freud to present-day research and discuss their values as analytical tool in the social sciences. Since Masculinity as theory shares common methodologies with Feminism, and since Feminism was applied to literary criticism of all ages, this presentation will question the value of these theories in Early Modern studies, focusing particularly on the figures of picaresque, tragic and libertine male protagonists.


Keywords: Masculinity, Early Modern, Literary Theory, Psychoanalysis
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Frederic Conrod

Assistant Professor Spanish Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

A native of Paris, France, Frederic Conrod has earned a DEUG from the Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1996 and has continued his course of studies in religious history at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and has earned a Bachelor's degree at this institution in 1998. He then pursued graduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Master's degree in Spanish Peninsular Literature and a Doctorate in Comparative Literature. Although most of his recent publications and presentations deal with this epistemological transition from the 17th to the 18th century, he is also developing a range of other research projects dealing with the application of contemporary French literary theory to the criticism of French and Spanish films. Since the field of transnational research between France and Spain has opened up in the past years, he has founded Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies in order to provide scholars working in similar fields a yearly review where their work could be published.

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