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The Australian National University

Dr Karen Downing

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rm 2124, Coombs Building
Phone 6125 0426

PhD Australian National University

Areas of interest
Late 18th and early 19th century cultural history in Britain and Australia; gender, especially masculinities; historical theory and method.

Current research projects
Crusoe’s chains: the creation of restless men, Britain and Australia c.1788-1840
Drawing on published commentaries of all descriptions (newspapers, pamphlets, journals, parliamentary reports, advice manuals and fiction), as well as autobiographies, memoirs, diaries and correspondence, this book explores the rarely studied interrelationship between representations of manliness in public discourse and self-representations by men in more private writings and argues that Robinson Crusoe is one link in a chain of cultural mechanisms that perpetuate certain ideals of manliness and create the stubborn continuities that historians of gender come up against when we would rather be describing change.

The gentleman boxer: Boxing, manners, and masculinity in eighteenth-century England, Men and Masculinities, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 328-352.

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