Pathological masculinities: Syphilis and the medical profession in The Frankenstein Chronicles

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Description of the book:
Never before has period drama offered viewers such an assortment of complex male characters, from transported felons and syphilitic detectives to shell shocked soldiers and gangland criminals. Neo-Victorian Gothic fictions like Penny Dreadful represent masculinity at its darkest, Poldark and Outlander have refashioned the romantic hero and anti-heritage series like Peaky Blinders portray masculinity in crisis, at moments when the patriarchy was being bombarded by forces like World War I, the rise of first wave feminism and the breakdown of Empire. Scholars of film, media, literature and history explore the very different types of maleness offered by contemporary television and show how the intersection of class, race, history and masculinity in period dramas has come to hold such broad appeal to twenty-first-century audiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConflicting Masculinities:
Subtitle of host publicationMen in Television Period Drama
EditorsKatherine Byrne, Julie Anne Taddeo, James Leggott
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781788313353, 9781350144354
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLibrary of Gender and Popular Culture


  • medicine
  • period drama
  • syphilis
  • detective


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