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124266 KO Critical Media Analysis (2020W)

Are superheroes democratizing masculinity practices? Superhero narratives and doing gender

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

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Our class takes place via BigBlueButton.
Your attendance in the first session is MANDATORY!

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Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Vienna this class is now taught in digital form.
From the first session onwards classes are taught via BigBlueButton. Please regularly check U:SPACE and MOODLE for further Updates.

Dienstag 06.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 13.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 20.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 27.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 10.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 17.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 24.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 01.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 15.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 12.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 19.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Dienstag 26.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This CMA class puts focus on masculinity practices they way they appear in superhero narratives. Its object of study are both superhero comics and their adaptations to the movie screen. Through the lens of gender, masculinity and queer studies these texts are discussed and investigated, asking the question; do superhero narratives democratize masculinity practices? Do they uphold old patriarchal modes of masculinity or do they subvert ideas and images about ‘doing’ masculinity?
Masculinity as a gender practice is best understood as ‘a vague set of ideas, demands, stories and images about being a man’. Sociologist Raewyn Connell clarifies that “no masculinity arises except in a system of gender relations”(Connell, 1995). She identifies a hierarchy of masculinities: from its hegemonic version to its complicit, subordinate and marginalized varieties. Straight, white men usually occupy the hegemonic position whereas gay men have to content themselves with the subordinate and men of color with the marginalized position.
How do superhero narratives fit into these hierarchies? Given the overwhelming number of white male superheroes when compared to superheroes of color, or the small number of LGBTQ superheroes, it appears safe to identify this particular narrative genre as old-fashioned and sometimes even downright masculinist. But to stop at this assumption is to deny the changes and the progress this genre has made since its inception in the late 1930s. The aim of this CMA course is to take inventory of the genre as it currently presents itself to diverse audiences. This will be done by first looking at very early comics stories introducing what are now famous Marvel Comics superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther and the Falcon. Then follows a thorough look at recent movie adaptations introducing and featuring the same characters.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students will be required to 'read' primary materials with consists of both comics and films. There will also be a list of secondary sources, provided via MOODLE.
They will be asked to hold short presentations in class, hand in written assignments and take a final written test. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this will be done either via digital means or 'offline'. More information will follow shortly.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The final mark will be based on the results of the final written test, the written assignments and the in-class presentation as well as the in-class participation of the students.The final written test will be based on the course sessions and the required reading, consisting of multiple choice/short questions and essay questions to choose from.

The Final Mark is put together from:
Attendance & In-Class participation -15%
Written Assignments - 20%
In-Class Presentation - 20%
Final Written Exam - 45%



Comics List:
Tales of Suspense #39: “Iron Man is born!”(Stan Lee&Gene Colan, 1963)
Tales of Suspense #59: “Captain America!”(Stan Lee&Jack Kirby, 1964)
Captain America #117: “The Coming of the Falcon!”(Stan Lee&Gene Colan, 1969)
Fantastic Four #52: “The Black Panther!”(Stan Lee&Jack Kirby, 1966)
Movie List:
Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008)
Captain America:The Winter Soldier (Anthony&Joe Russo, 2012)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

Letzte Änderung: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09