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The Gentleman Boxer: Boxing, Manners, and Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century England

Downing, Karen


Prize fighting was enormously popular during the second half of the eighteenth century in Britain. It became a fashion perhaps experienced as keenly by contemporary men of all classes as the "culture of sensibility" that describes this period of increasing politeness in society. This juxtaposition illustrates a vexing eighteenth-century issue: could a man be both polite and manly? This article argues that men across the social spectrum found in the "gentleman boxer" a resolution to this issue....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Men and Masculinities
DOI: 10.1177/1097184X08318181


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