BARS recently provided support for the Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century conference at the University of Hull, organised by Anna Barry and Emma Butcher. We’re very grateful to Elly McCausland and Tai-Chun Ho (who were awarded conference bursaries) for the following reports on what sounds to have been a really fascinating and useful event.
Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century, University of Hull
20 – 21st May 2015
Day One – Report by Elly McCausland
Held to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the Military Masculinities conference at the University of Hull offered a fascinating range of papers on subjects ranging from children’s literature and war trauma to heroism and Napoleonic song, exploring the multiple manifestations of the military man in the long nineteenth century and the ways in which he was appropriated, questioned and critiqued by diverse forms of literary, material, visual and musical culture.
The opening panel, ‘Heroes and Hero-Worship’, explored changing definitions of heroism in the literature of the nineteenth century and the role of choice and agency in heroic activity. Helen Goodman from Royal Holloway began by examining the ways in which the novels of Rider Haggard promote inter-generational masculinities centred around …read more