PS Masculinities in the U.S.



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Fr 10:15-11:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das PS gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:
- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II Culture (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches Kombinationsmodul)
- BA American Studies: Zwischenmodul II Economics, Linguistics, History, Geography, Literature/Culture (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: bestandene GOP)
- Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Zwischenmodul L-GYM Literature: (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Basismodul Literature)
- Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen: Zwischenmodul L-UF Literature. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Elementarmodul Literature)


In recent years, social and cultural constructions of masculinity have become an important focus of gender studies and cultural studies alike. Talk about, for example, a (white) male ‘crisis’ or "the end of men” (H. Rosin) abounds, suggesting that rigid and all-too stereotypical constructions of masculinity are in dire need of an update. At the same time, this questioning of rather traditional understandings of masculinity is met by a "backlash” (S. Faludi) with blatant displays of ‘toxic’ masculinity taking center stage in contemporary US-American culture. Scrutinizing a broad range of examples – from music to literature, film, and television to advertisements and ‘social’ media – we will discuss contemporary representations of masculinity in US-American culture and examine how masculine identities intersect with and are shaped by other categories, such as age, class, race, sexuality, or health.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please purchase the following books: - Greer, Andrew Sean. |The Stroy of a Marriage|. New York: Faber & Faber, 2009. - Palahniuk, Chuck. |Fight Club|. London: Vintage, 2006. Other texts will be provided on StudOn.