Men, Manliness, and Sexuality in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World Reading List

Barclay, Katie. Love, Intimacy, and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650–1850. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2011.

Barker-Benfield, G.J. The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Bloch, Ruth H. “Changing Conceptions of Sexuality and Romance in Eighteenth-Century America,” William and Mary Quarterly (January 2003): 13-42.

Bloch, Ruth. “The Gendered Meanings of Virtue in Revolutionary America.” Signs 13 (1987): 37-58.

Block, Sharon. Rape & Sexual Power in Early America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Bonomi, Patricia. The Lord Cornbury Scandal: the Politics of Reputation in British America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Brown, Kathleen. “The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier,” in Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women. Nancy Shoemaker, ed. New York: Routledge, 1995. 26-48.

Brown, Kathleen. “‘Changed … into the fashion of man’: The politics of sexual difference in a seventeenth-century Anglo-American Settlement,” Journal of the History of Sexuality (1995)

Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, & Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Burnard, Trevor. Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and his slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican world. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Carter, Philip. Men and the Emergence of Polite Society in Britain, 1660-1800. London: Longman, 2001.

Carter, Philip. “Men About Town: Representations of Foppery and Masculinity in Early Eighteenth-Century Urban Society,” in Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: Roles, Representations and Responsibilities. Hannah Barker and Elaine Chalus, eds. London: Longman, 1997.

Cohen, Michéle. Fashioning Masculinity: National Identity and Language in the Eighteenth Century. London: Routledge, 1996.

D’Emilio, John and Estelle Freedman. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Ditz, Toby L. “The New Men’s History and the Peculiar Absence of Gendered Power.” Gender & History (April 2004), 1-35.

Ditz, Toby L. “Shipwrecked; or, Masculinity Imperiled: Mercantile Representations of Failure and the Gendered Self in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Journal of American History 81 (1994): 51-80.

Fletcher, Anthony. Gender, Sex and Subordination in England, 1500-1800. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.

Foster, Thomas, “Deficient Husbands: Manhood, Sexual Incapacity, and Male Marital Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century New England,” William and Mary Quarterly Ser. 3, 56 (1999): 723-74.

Foster, Thomas, ed. Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Foster, ed., Thomas A. New Men: Manliness in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 2011.

Foster, Thomas A. Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

French, Henry and Mark Rothery. Man’s Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities, 1660–1900. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Gerard, Kent and Gert Hekma, eds. The Pursuit of Sodomy: Male Homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Godbeer, Richard. The Overflowing of Friendship: Love between Men and the Creation of the American Republic. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Goldsmith, Netta Murray. The Worst of Crimes: Homosexuality and the Law in Eighteenth-Century London. Aldershot and Brookfield: Ashgate Publishing, 1998.

Haggerty, George. Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Hall, Catherine and Leonore Davidoff. Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (London: Hutchinson, 1987.

Harvey, Karen. “The History of Masculinity, circa 1650–1800.” The Journal of British Studies, 44, (2005): 296-311 and all other articles in this issue.

Harvey, Karen. The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Haulman, Kate. “Fashion and the Culture Wars of Revolutionary Philadelphia.” The William and Mary Quarterly 62, no. 4 (October 2005), 625-662.

Haulman, Kate. The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Hine, Darlene Clark and Earnestine Jenkins, eds. A Question of Manhood: A Reader in U.S. Black Men’s History and Masculinity, vol. 1, ‘Manhood Rights:’ The Construction of Black Male History and Manhood, 1750-1870. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Hitchcock, Tim. “Redefining Sex in Eighteenth-Century England,” History Workshop Journal 41 (1996): 73–90.

Hitchcock, Tim and Michèle Cohen, eds. English Masculinities, 1660-1830. London: Longman, 1999.

Hunt, Margaret. The Middling Sort: Gender, Commerce and the Family in England, 1670-1780. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.

Kann, Mark E. The Gendering of American Politics: Founding Mothers, Founding Fathers, and Political Patriarchy. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999.

Kann, Mark E. A Republic of Men: The American Founders, Gendered Language, and Patriarchal Politics. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Kann, Mark E. Taming Passion for the Public Good: Policing Sex in the Early Republic. New York: New York University Press, 2013.

Kimmel, Michael S., Manhood in America: A Cultural History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

King, Thomas A. The Gendering of Men, 1600–1750. Volume 2: Queer Articulations. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Knouff, Gregory T. “White Men in Arms: Concepts of Citizenship and Masculinity in Revolutionary America.” In Masculinities in Politics and War: Gendering Modern History, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press and Palgrave, 2004, 25-44.

Kuchta, David. The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity England, 1550–1850. Berkeley, CA: The University of California Press, 2002.

Laqueur, Thomas. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Lindman, Janet Moore, “Acting the Manly Christian: White Evangelical Masculinity in Revolutionary Virginia,” William and Mary Quarterly Ser. 3, 57 (2000): 393-416.

Little, Ann. Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Lockridge, Kenneth. On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage: The Commonplace Books of William Byrd and Thomas Jefferson and the Gendering of Power in the Eighteenth Century. New York: New York University Press, 1992.

Lombard, Anne S. Making Manhood: Growing Up Male in Colonial New England. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Lyons, Clare. “Discipline, Sex, and the Republican Self.” In The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution. Edward G. Gray and Jane Kamensky, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 560-577.

Lyons, Clare. “Mapping an Atlantic Sexual Culture: Homoeroticism in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia.” William and Mary Quarterly. 60, no. 1 (January 2003), 119-154.

Lyons, Clare A. Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Mandell, Daniel R. “The Saga of Sarah Muckamugg: Indian and African American Intermarriage in Colonial New England,” in Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History. Martha Hodes, ed. New York: New York University Press, 1999. 72-90.

Manion, Jennifer. “Historic Heteroessentialism and Other Orderings in Early America.” Signs 34, no. 4 (Summer 2009): 981-1003.

Miller, Amy. Dressed to Kill: British naval uniform, masculinity and contemporary fashions. London: National Maritime Museum, 2007.

Myles, Anne G. “Queering the Study of Early American Sexuality.” William and Mary Quarterly 60, no. 1 (January 2003): 199-202 and all the articles in this issue.

Norton, Mary Beth, Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Norton, Rictor. Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830. London: GMP, 1992.

Porter, Roy and Lesley Hall. The Facts of Life: The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.

Rotundo, E. Anthony, American Manhood: Transformations in Masculinity from the Revolution to the Modern Era, New York: Basic Books, 1993.

Rousseau, G.S. and Roy Porter, eds. Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1988

Ryan, Kelly A. Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts 1700-1830. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Senelick, Laurence. “Mollies or Men of Mode? Sodomy and the Eighteenth-Century London Stage,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 1 (July, 1990) 33-67.

Shammas, Carole. “Anglo-American Household Government in Comparative Perspective,” William and Mary Quarterly 52, no. 1 (January, 1995), 104-44.

Shoemaker, Robert. Gender in English Society, 1650-1850: The Emergence of Separate Spheres. London: Longman, 1998.

Smith, Merril D., ed. Sex and Sexuality in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Stone, Lawrence. The Family, Sex, and Marriage in England, 1500-1800. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

Trumbach, Randolph. “The Birth of the Queen: Sodomy and the Emergence of Gender Equality in Modern Culture, 1660-1750.” In Martin Duberman, Martha Vicnus, and George Chauncey, eds. Hidden from history: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. New York: NAL Books, 1989. 129-40.

Trumbach, Randolph. Sex and the Gender Revolution, Volume 1: Heterosexuality and the Third Gender in Enlightenment London. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Trumbach, Randolph. “Sex, Gender, and Sexual Identity in Modern Culture: Male Sodomy and Female Prostitution in Enlightenment London.” In Forbidden History: The State, Society, and the Regulation of Sexuality in Modern Europe. Ed. John C. Fout. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1990. 89-106.

Turley, Hans. Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Wilson, Kathleen. “Chapter 2: Empire, Gender, and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century.” In Philippa Levine, ed. Gender and Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004: 14-45.

Wilson, Kathleen. The Island Race: Englishness, Empire, and Gender in the Eighteenth Century. London: Routledge, 2003.

Wilson, Lisa. ’Ye Heart of a Man:’ The Domestic Life of Men in Colonial New England. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.


This list was compiled by Kent Peacock, graduate student at Florida State University currently working on his dissertation, “Sex in the Wilderness:
Sexuality, Manhood, Womanhood, and Building the American State in the First American West.” Questions about the bibliography or his research can be sent to kwp12@my.fsu.edu. Kent tweets at @kentwpeacock

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