27 February – 3 March 2017
MTWThF, 5:10-7:30 p.m., 3198 JFSB
Instructor: Rex Nielson, PhD
Masculinity studies is an interdisciplinary field that interrogates the constructions of masculinity in communities across the world and at various times in history. It explores the tense and complex relationship between hegemonic masculinities (that is, the idea of what it means to be a “real man” in a given time and place) and subordinate masculinities (masculinities that fall outside of hegemonic ideals). Masculinity studies is a field that is strongly informed by feminist theories that work to unveil or make visible naturalized forms of gender inequality in society.
Drawing upon feminist theory, this course will examine the construction of masculinity in contemporary Brazilian literature and culture. Topics to be addressed include; machismo, non-normative heterosexual masculinity, fatherhood, masculinity and race, toxic masculinity, and the use of humor to challenge hegemonic masculinity.