Backlashes or New Frontiers? Mapping Post-Feminist American Masculinity in Television and Film (collection; 9/22/12)

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Elizabeth Abele; Marcelline Block
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In discussing feminism's impact on American men and /masculinity, it has been more common for cultural scholars to view feminism in negative terms. Analyses of media images of masculinity since second-wave feminism have likewise focused on feminism as a negative force regarding constructions of masculinity, presenting examples of male figures that dominate, co-opt or crumble in the face of strong female characters

Instead of beginning with a set hypothesis on the effect of the feminist movement on images of masculinity on film and television, this edited collection seeks essays that represent a range of responses to the ongoing conversation between U.S. feminisms and constructions of masculinity.

Papers are welcome that look at individual films or television series over the past 25 years, as well as works of a particular director/actor or within a genre. A range of approaches are welcome, though overall this collection is conceived as existing at the intersection of American studies and gender studies.

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words and a brief CV to by Sept. 12, 2012. Authors will be notified by Oct. 15 whether or not their abstract has been accepted. The deadline for full-length article, if accepted, is Jan. 30, 2013. Articles should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length, accompanied by an abstract of around 200 words.

Editors: Elizabeth Abele, SUNY Nassau Community College; Marcelline Block, Princeton University