Male Melancholia: Crisis Masculinity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Male Melancholia

Spring 2019

Taught By: Masha Tupitsyn

Section: A

CRN: 7134

Credits: 4

*Male Melancholia* [Tracks C, S] Post-war cinematic representations of white masculinity are very different from the hardboiled, taciturn, yet romantically robust men of the 1930s and 1940s. Freud noted that mourning and melancholia are both responses to loss. While feminist discourse has forced women to continually redefine and expand gender roles, white masculinity has increasingly taken melancholic form and gone into crisis, on and off the screen. Previously bolstered by normative structures and hideouts like war, marriage, and economic provider, post-war masculinity has failed to interrogate and reimagine itself alongside other social justice movements. This has resulted in screen portrayals of male backlash, breakdown, absence, gaslighting, inertia, and depression—both serious and comic. In this class, we will read theoretical and literary texts and compare early instances of screen male melancholy—Montgomery Clift in A Place in The Sun, James Dean in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause—to more recent examples of crisis masculinity wrought by global neo-liberal precarity—the films of Eric Rohmer and Terence Malick’s post-millennial men in To the Wonder and Knight of Cups. [Tracks C, S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 9/22/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019