The Best of Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

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[Edited collection published in 2010 by Gorgias Press]

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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is the only journal dedicated to the exploration of masculinity and religion/spirituality in its many forms. The Best of Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality brings together the finest papers published to date in JMMS, providing insight into its diversity both in terms of discipline and geographical reach.


01: Introduction, Joseph Gelfer (Monash University)

02: Skin Gods: Circumcising the Built Male Body, Roland Boer (University of Newcastle)

03: A Jesuit Mystic’s Feminine Melancholia: Jean-Joseph Surin (1600-1665), Juan M. Marin (Harvard University)

04: The Performance of Normativity: Mormons and the Construction of an American Masculinity, Elizabeth Ruchti (Carlow University)

05: “He Was Pretty Good in There Today”: Reviving the Macho Christ in Ernest Hemingway’s “Today is Friday” and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Lisa Tyler (Sinclair Community College)

06: To Love the Orientalist: Masculinity in Leila Aboulela’s The Translator, Brendan Smyth (University of Alberta)

07: Sexually Explicit? Re-reading Revelation’s 144,000 Virgins as a Response to Roman Discourses, Lynn Huber (Elon University)

08: Narratives of Silence: Availability in a Spirituality of Fathering, Neil Pembroke (The University of Queensland)

09: Haredi Male Bodies in the Public Sphere: Negotiating with the Religious Text and Secular Israeli Men, Yohai Hakak (University of Portsmouth)

10: Southern Gospel Sissies: Evangelical Music, Queer Spirituality, and the Plays of Del Shores, Douglas Harrison (Florida Gulf Coast University)

11: Dandy Discipleship: A Queering of Mark’s Male Disciples, Robert J. Myles (The University of Auckland)