Feminism and Masculinities (2018/19)
The course is designed to introduce students to the scholarly investigation of the social and cultural construction of masculinity in the past three decades from a feminist perspective. That is, our aim is to explore what feminist men’s studies has to say about what it means to be a man in the past three decades of Euro-America and the relevant histories of those meanings. The course is designed to help students explore the major classic essays that explore masculine hegemony and also suggest possible ways of its redistribution. These works are from the early years of men’s studies focusing on the concrete social and historical institutions of male chauvinism to contemporary criticism of various attempts at revalidating a reactionary male identity in contemporary anxieties about ‘demasculinization’ of men.