Dr. Julie Taddeo's new book on masculinity in period dramas a "must-read"

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'This volume makes a significant contribution to the literature on both masculinity and period dramas, and will be welcomed by scholars of both-as well as by the fan community.' - Cynthia J. Miller, Senior Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College,

`This is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary British period drama and/ or televisual representations of masculinities. This comprehensive collection covers dramas from Poldark over Downton Abbey to The Crown, from Pride and Prejudice to Peaky Blinders. It observes the complexities of represented gender roles by connecting them to their historical period and the contemporary struggles of a revived patriarchy clashing with a reenergised feminist project. Byrne, Taddeo and Leggot have managed to bring together cutting-edge research that highlights that rarely before has British period drama been such a privileged site where the conflicts of the past and the present are consolidated in intriguing, sometimes traditionalist and sometimes subversive, period drama'. - Elke Weissmann, Reader in Film and Television, Edge Hill University,

'Conflicting Masculinities is a bold, fresh and important contribution to the ongoing debates around the ongoing so-called crisis of masculinity, as well as to broader works on TV period dramas and genre more generally. The various essays within the volume boast an impressive breadth across historical periods, spanning the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, as well as a range of TV genres extending beyond the strictly `period', from classic heritage productions to edgy and even comic dramas with historical settings. Adopting a wide range of critical approaches, the editors have carefully amassed a series of thoughtful, insightful essays which force the reader to rethink the ways in which contemporary and historical masculinities are constructed, as well as the period drama's complicity in negotiating those conflicting and often fragile masculinities. The book is essential reading for scholars of gender and television studies alike.' - Andrew B.R. Elliott, Senior Lecturer, School of Film & Media, University of Lincoln