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Men in Fiction: Toward a History of Masculinity through U.S. Literature and Cinema, 20th and 21st Centuries

Code
FFI2011-23589
Program
National Research Plan for Science, Development and Technological Innovation
Institution
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Duration
2012-2015
Research projects
Principal Investigator(s)
Àngels Carabí Ribera
(Universitat de Barcelona)
Research Team
Josep M. Armengol
(Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
,
Marta Bosch
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Mercè Cuenca
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Michael Kimmel
(State University of New York)
,
Sara Martín
(Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
,
Basia Ozieblo
(Universidad de Málaga)
,
Teresa Requena
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Aishih Wehbe
(Manchester Metropolitan University)
Summary

Given the few existing diachronic studies of masculinity in U.S. literary history, the project "Men in Fiction: Toward a History of Masculinity through U.S. Literature and Cinema, 20th and 21st Centuries" attempts to fill in this gap by exploring the changing nature of masculinity from the beginning of the twentieth century up to the present. As a continuation of the research developed in two previous projects ((IM, Exps. nº 42/98 and 62/03), the goal of the present study is to investigate how the social, political, economic and cultural factors that have taken place throughout the 20th and 21st centuries have contributed to shaping different types of masculinity. The intention is to explore them through the analysis of literary and filmic representations in order to deconstruct traditional male behaviors. Representations of alternative masculinities that might contribute to creating more egalitarian ways of being a man will also be investigated.

Objectives

  1. Explore the changing constructions of masculinity throughout the history of the United States according to social, political, economic and cultural factors
  2. Analyze plural constructions of masculinities through literary and filmic representations
  3. Deconstruct traditional images of masculinity
  4. Give visibility to alternative forms of masculinity that might contribute to creating more egalitarian ways of being a man