archetypes of american manliness

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3 Archetypes of American Manliness- Part III: The Self-Made Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today we will cover the last of three archetypes of American manliness proposed by Michael Kimmel in his book, Manhood in America. As we discussed in previous posts, both the Genteel Patriarch and Heroic Artisan were ideals of manliness imported from Europe to the American colonies in the 18th century. Both archetypes offered American men a […]

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3 Archetypes of American Manliness- Part II: The Heroic Artisan

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today we will cover the second of three archetypes of American manliness proposed by Michael Kimmel in his book, Manhood in America. But before we delve into describing the Heroic Artisan, I think it would be beneficial to briefly review just what an archetype is. I noticed some confusion in the comments about the Genteel Patriarch stemming from reading the description […]

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3 Archetypes of American Manliness-Part I: The Genteel Patriarch

by Brett & Kate McKay

Since starting the Art of Manliness, I’ve read a lot about the history of masculinity across different cultures and time periods. One of the best books I’ve read on the history of manliness in the US is Michael Kimmel’s Manhood in America: A Cultural History (although my feelings on the conclusions he draws from that history are […]

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