WGST 07 First Year Seminar: Masculinities Go In Between
Reviewing publications on "manhood" or "manliness," one is struck by the fact how often changes in the understanding of the concepts are perceived as "crises of masculinity" rather than as symptoms of historical change. This course will elaborate on how notions of men, manhood, manliness, and masculinity have changed in response to economic, demographic, social, cultural, and territorial changes. We will discuss aspects such as the formation of manhood in America, constructions of the racialized male body, the functions of male femininity and female masculinity in the reconsideration of gender, and follow the debate on male violence in hip-‐hop culture. Designed as a First Year Seminar, however, we will not only focus on "what masculinity is," but simultaneously scrutinize the strategies of scholarship in the development of masculinity studies. Dist: LIT; WCult: CI.