Male Melancholia: Crisis Masculinity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Male Melancholia

Spring 2020

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 5579

Credits: 4

[Tracks C, S] Post-war cinematic representations of white masculinity are very different from the hardboiled, taciturn, yet romantically robust cinematic men of the 1930s and 1940s. Freud noted that mourning and melancholia are both responses to loss. While feminist discourse has enabled women to continually redefine and expand gender roles, white masculinity has increasingly taken melancholic form and gone into crisis, retaliating both on and off the screen. Previously bolstered by normative socio-economic structures, 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, infantilization, 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 Rebel Without a Cause, Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass—to more recent examples of crisis masculinity wrought by global neo-liberal precarity in cinema, politics, and the news media, in particular, the #MeToo and Time’s Up era. [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: 1:40am 9/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm



Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020