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TitleDevelop yourself : anxiety and performative masculinity in Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting For Boys
AuthorGreening, C. Michael, 1981-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. English
Paginationvi, 93 leaves : ill.
SubjectBaden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Baron, 1857-1941; Boy Scouts in art; Children's literature, English--Themes, motives; Gender identity in literature; Masculinity in literature; Scouting (Youth activity)--Psychological aspects;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of English
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 90-93)
AbstractRobert Baden-Powell's seminal instructional tract Scouting For Boys has been in print continuously for one century, and is cited as one of the English-speaking world's bestselling books of the twentieth century. The youth movement that Scouting For Boys has spawned is now one of the largest and recognizable of such organizations in the world. Drawing on the sociological and psychoanalytical theories in Erving Goffman's The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life and Judith Butler's Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of 'Sex, ' the theory of performative identity is used to outline the myriad anxieties and contradictions inherent in this text. A performative analysis of Scouting For Boys' various discursive modes-as well as close readings of its key illustrations-allow for an understanding of the ways in which this text seeks to indoctrinate youth while simultaneously immunizing them from unwholesome outside influences. This thesis illustrates that Scouting For Boys' success depends on performativity, even while denying performativity's possibilities, and that the text itself is a crystallized example of the ways in which performance theories work.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3242481
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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