Category Archives: masculinities

You Remind Me of the Babe…

I blame Timothy Dalton… and David Bowie. Definitely Harrison Ford and Charles Dance and Richard Chamberlain and Leslie Howard. And quite possibly James Spader, though I keep wavering on that one – I’m just not sure if he’s her father … Continue reading

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“There’s No Getting Away From It If You’re Irish”: Gender, The Irish Diaspora, and Gone With The Wind

It might be the most famous rejection in literary history. Aware too late that she has made a horrible mistake for the past dozen years, Scarlett O’Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler runs through the mist to tell Rhett that she loves … Continue reading

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The Orangeman in Winter: Ogle Gowan, Masculine Frailties, and the Rise of the Orange Order

After many, many months of silence, I’m posting again.  The time since March has been slightly mad with conferences and research on the new book.  The next half-dozen or so posts will be versions of these papers that I gave … Continue reading

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Empire is a Man’s Business: Unionist Loyalties, Imperial Masculinities and Ulster’s Campaign Against Home Rule

This is a somewhat edited (and also less formal) version of a paper I gave this past weekend at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto.  The one-day symposium, hosted by the Celtic Studies Institute, was to mark the 100th anniversary … Continue reading

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God Bless St Patrick – Irish Masculinities on Film – Part II

Okay, this might seem an odd choice, especially given today’s green celebrations.  But, bear with me… One film that I always watch when it’s on tv is Cromwell — which, I know, is hardly a pro-Irish film.  In fact, the … Continue reading

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Late Night Thoughts – Part I – “Second Wife Syndrome”

(NB – For some reason, I get ideas at odd times of the night.  I sleep with a notepad on my dresser.  Sometimes, though, I can’t get to bed before writing things down… and this is one of those results.) … Continue reading

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Is Heroism Dumb?

One hundred-and-ninety-nine years ago last month, a very smart, self-taught, stunningly gorgeous, and strategically savvy man had a very bad idea. There are a few given rules in warfare that should be followed to the letter.  Most of them are … Continue reading

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