Men and Manliness on the Frontier

Queensland and British Columbia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century


What were the lived experiences of men on the frontiers of the British Empire? Using their journals, diaries and letters Robert Hogg examines the dreams, challenges and failures of men seeking their 'independence' on the margins of empire and demonstrates that life in colonial Queensland and British Columbia challenged preconceived ideas of manliness. Men were forced to sacrifice or modify elements of this ideal; some accepted that their manly aspirations were impossible to fulfil. In fact, this ideal of manliness contained a deep paradox. It was inherently contradictory, encompassing physical and mental prowess, caste hierarchies and egalitarianism, heterosexual dominance and the possibility of homoeroticism, Christian piety and the potential for violence and murder.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; November 2012
  • ISBN 9781137284259
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  • Title: Men and Manliness on the Frontier
  • Author: Robert Hogg
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

ROBERT HOGG lectures in Australian Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he has also taught Australian history, world history, and the history of sex and sexuality. He has also taught at Griffith University, Australia.