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124265 KO Critical Media Analysis (2018S)

Constructing Heroic Masculinities for the Big Screen: Between the Tough Guy, the New Man and the Superhero

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Dear students! Please remember that attendance in the first session is MANDATORY for ALL REGISTERED students! If you are registered but not present without proper excuse your place in the course will be voided and given to a student from the waiting list.

Thursday 08.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 15.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 22.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 12.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 12.04. 20:00 - 22:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 17.04. 20:00 - 22:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 19.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 26.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 02.05. 20:00 - 22:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 03.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 17.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 24.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 07.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 14.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 21.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 28.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

As comedian Jerry Seinfeld once put it, “When men are growing up and they are reading about Batman, Spiderman, Superman – these aren’t fantasies, these are job options!”
Concepts of masculinity can be read as ‘a vague set of ideas, demands, stories and images about being a man’ and it seems that contemporary blockbusters are busy telling one story over and over again: that of the (super)heroic male individual.

Feminist and Masculinity studies explore the ways in which gender identities are produced, accepted and/or rejected. Every culture, every society creates its own ideas of what it means to be a woman or a man; gender is after all a performative act that constitutes identity. This course will look at the many narrative myths of masculinity embedded in different outlets of popular culture with a special look at the idea of the superhero.

Critical readings of masculinities will be based on gender studies, orientalism, psychoanalytical theory, identity studies and theories of agency and articulation.
This course will encourage students to take a critical look at naturalized assumptions about masculinities. Films addressed in class will be scanned for depictions of masculinity they offer to their audiences, their representations of male bodies, male sexuality and male stereotypes.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be required to read secondary materials. They will be asked to hold short presentations in class, hand in written assignments and take a final written test.
All the articles and excerpts from books will be provided online via MOODLE.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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.

Examination topics

The Maltese Falcon
Batman Begins
Iron Man 3

Reading list


Association in the course directory

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

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