Masculinity & American Movies
In many ways, movies are the dominant narrative of the 21st century, and Americans are virtually bombarded with access and opportunity to watch these films. There’s not really any doubt that this barrage of pop culture influences our expectations and identities. During this class, we’ll ask how masculine identity (and thus any other identities) are formed, reinforced, and impacted by American movies. What does it mean, for instance, to “act like a man?” Do big girls really “not cry?” As importantly, we’ll look at the way movies challenge our ideas about gender and how they confirm those ideas. Within those conversations, we’ll practice our critical thinking skills, our writing skills, and discuss how each of you can persist toward a college degree.