CLIT2069: The Making of Modern Masculinities (Spring 2022)

Spring 2022| 6 Credits| Dr. Aaron Magnan-Park

This course addresses the centrality of global cinema as one that favors martial masculinities for global box office success as well as expressing national aspirations. Year after year, massive resources are devoted to creating the latest special effects enhanced action films that can make or break a studio’s annual financial success. These action-packed films favor male protagonists in one versus the many narratives where the ability and willingness to fight is the key criterium to secure one’s heroic status. What are the main ideologies behind this genre and should we agree with what they present as idealized forms of masculinity?