"Making It Like a Man: Canadian Masculinities in Practice" is a
collection of essays on the practice of masculinities in Canadian
arts and cultures, where to "make it like a man" is to participate
in the cultural, sociological, and historical fluidity of ways of
being a man in Canada, from the country's origins in
nineteenth-century Victorian values to its immersion in the
contemporary post-modern landscape.
The book focuses on the ways Canadian masculinities have been
performed and represented through five broad themes: colonialism,
nationalism, and transnationalism; emotion and affect; ethnic and
minority identities; capitalist and domestic politics; and the
question of men's relationships with themselves and others.
Chapters include studies of well-known and more obscure figures in
the Canadian arts and culture scenes, such as visual artist Attila
Richard Lukacs; writers Douglas Coupland, Barbara Gowdy, Simon
Chaput, Thomas King, and James De Mille; filmmakers Clement Virgo,
Norma Bailey, John N. Smith, and Frank Cole; as well as familiar
and not-so-familiar tokens of Canadian masculinity such as the
hockey hero, the gangsta rapper, the immigrant farmer, and the drag
"Making It Like a Man" is the first book of its kind to explore
and critique historical and contemporary masculinities in Canada
with a special focus on artistic and cultural production and
representation. It is concerned with mapping some of the uniquely
Canadian places and spaces in the international field of
masculinity studies, and will be of interest to academic and
culturally informed audiences.
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