Masculinity in Literature and Cinematic Adaptations
Course code: EUROGG03
Course Description: The course investigates, on the basis of some film and gender theory, the portrayal of masculinity in literature and Hollywood movie adaptations. Consideration of male ‘types’ with a long literary and cinematic history, such as male monsters, creators, truth-seekers (detectives), rebels, victims, self-mythologizing men (e.g. cowboys) and ‘man’s men’, will enable a comparative investigation of traditions of representation and established clichés surrounding masculinity (the ruggedness of individualism, the justifiability of violence, the naturalness of compulsory heterosexuality; narcissistic and masochistic identification; mythologization and self-mythologization). The course seeks to investigate the following related questions: 1. Which kind(s) of relationships are envisioned between Man and his World (society)? 2. is there a ‘crisis’ of masculinity, and if so, how is it addressed? 3. which historical developments can be noted in the portrayal of masculinities? 4. how does the move from text to screen affect the representation of masculinities? 5. Which roles have been assigned to masculinity in literary and particularly film theory?
Course tutor: Professor Susanne Kord
Assessment: 1 assessed essay, 5,000 words (100% of final mark)
Reading List: downloadable here