American Masculinity: This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis. Students will learn the basics of finding, utilizing, and evaluating historical sources, assessing historical work through writing historiographical essays, and organizing and composing research papers. This work will be done through an exploration of the topic of American masculinity. The class will survey differing historical understandings of manhood across American history, and take a comparative approach in examining cultural, geographic, and racial conceptions of masculinity. We will pay particular attention to how varying perceptions of manliness have shaped American popular culture, race relations, criminality, and the physical landscapes of public and private space. Ultimately we will use our study of the history of American manhood as context for understanding topical issues of gender, race, class, and crime.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM