Considering the period from the French Revolution to Post Second World War, this course looks at how our understanding of masculinity has transformed over time through its relation to such themes and movements as nationalism, militarism, femininity, respectability and politics. Feminism has shown the importance of asking 'new questions' of established interpretations of the past. In this course, we will also ask 'new questions' while focusing on gender analysis and masculinity as tools to further understand Western society in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Course topics will include: patriarchy and the French Revolution, sexuality and respectability, masculinity and nationalism, militarized concepts of masculinity, gender as a social construct, politics and sexuality, and gender and masculinity in the age of popular culture.
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