School Of Humanities And Languages

Masculinity and CinemaWestern Sydney University Unit Code: VP214A.1


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
David Phillips

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit examines recent debates concerning cinematic representations of masculinity. Although the unit addresses aspects of film theory and analysis, its primary goal is to use cinema to examine the constitutive effects of representation (both iconic and textual) and identification in the formation of gender identities. The unit provides an introduction to various accounts of the formation of masculine subjectivity, giving particular attention to psychoanalytic theory. These theoretical models are developed through a reading of film genres with a specific focus upon film noir and the detective narrative. The unit is structured in three parts: theories of masculinity and film analysis, the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock, and contemporary cinema.



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