The Masculinity Studies Reader is a collection of previously published essays that have defined the interdisciplinary study of masculinity. Bringing together scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, this volume serves multiple functions as a teaching companion, introduction to the field, and scholarly resource. Showcasing key theorists, including Kimmel, Silverman, Halperin, Freud, Dyer, Boyarin, and Fanon, the Reader seeks to reconceptualize the masculinity studies debate along the axes of empire, borders, representations, the social sciences, and eroticism, as well as across such diverse fields as film, anthropology, women's studies, sociology, and queer theory. An introductory essay written by the editors frames widely-read and -cited work in a new context that is intended simultaneously to establish the contours of, and to raise questions about, masculinity as a field of academic inquiry.
Rachel Adams is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her writing includes the book Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001) and articles that have appeared in American Literature, Camera Obscura, GLQ, and Michigan Quarterly. David Savran is Professor of English at Brown University. He has written two books on masculinity, Taking It Like a Man: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture (1998) and Communists, Cowboys, and Queers: The Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams (1992).