Ulrike Horstmann, PhD, is a high-school teacher affiliated with Wurzburg University. She wrote her thesis on the names in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Her fields of study besides literary onomastics are Jane Austen and popular literature, especially fantasy and romance.2003 0-7734-6754-8
Since the challenge of feminism to the predominant patriarchal outlook on the world, modern man feels displaced, and a plaintive note has entered the discourse on gender. The problem is not only discussed on an academic level but has become part of popular culture. Role models for men have become as varied as they have been for women since the emergence of feminism. These essays deal with the combined topic of male gender roles and the fantasy genre which allows a particularly wide scope for the investigation of roles.