The last third of staging masculinities detours from its english dominated theatrical history from the middle ages to 1731 when the london merchant was first produced at drury lane and jumps to 1879 and a dolls house by norways henrik ibsen. Michael mangan staging masculinities hisroly gender peformance houndmills uk palgrave 2003 pp xi 276 us75oo hb us2495 pb reviewed by terry goldie york university first things first it boggles the mind that someone would attempt to describe the history of masculinity on stage from the beginning to the present. Although the title of michael mangans staging masculinities history gender performance glances in the direction of the complex theories raised in the wake of judith butlers influential study of gender and performance gender trouble 1 the book is less a work of theory perhaps than a demonstration of how theater history can intervene . Staging masculinities is a critical history of the ways in which changing concepts of masculinity have been represented explored and critiqued on mainstream western and particularly english stages the study analyzes a wide variety of plays and performances ranging from medieval liturgical drama to contemporary west end hits from henry v to oleanna tracing a complex r. Get this from a library staging masculinities history gender performance michael mangan staging masculinities engages with the complex and paradoxical history of masculinities by exploring the ways in which changing concepts of what it means to be a man have been represented
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