Becoming the Gentleman: British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660-1815.
Solinger shows how ideas of what it means to be a gentleman preoccupied the British in the 18th century. The transformation of the British gentleman into a worldly, educated man suitable as the ideal husband for heroines of novels, is seen evolving with increased literacy, the emergence of colonialism, and the novel. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. Paper. NEW. $75.00