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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS2028062

Semester and Year Offered: 3rd Semester (Monsoon Semester 2016)

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr. Shelly Pandey

Email of course coordinator: shellypandey[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: Graduation in any of the disciplines

Masculinity as a field of enquiry is important to theorise gender as a category of analysis. The discourse of masculinity as a dominant and superior gender position is produced at a number of sites and has specific consequences for ‘other’ genders especially its perceived antithesis, femininity. This course will explore various cultural, political and social contexts through which ideas of masculinity / masculinities circulate and take shape. It is not just the snap shot view of synchronic categories, which can be imagined as fixed in the contemporary, but also the process view of cateogories, evolving and changing in time, historically that needs to be there in analysis. India has seen the rise of studies on masculinities from mid 90s onwards. The course would be a review of the important studies from India, pitching it firmly within a feminist framework, which means, analysing power operating in the construction and performances of masculinities.

Course Outcomes;

On Successful completion of this course, Students will be able to

  1. Understand Masculinity as framework of analysis.
  2. Learn about masculinity in the historical context
  3. Identify that how masculinity is constructed.
  4. Understand how masculinity is associated with sexuality, violence and honor.
  5. Demonstrate how masculine is performed through different Art forms like, cinema poetry.

Main Modules

Unit 1: Masculinity and Masculinities: Definitions and Frameworks of Analysis

  • Gender as a Relationship Between Men, Women and Other Genders
  • Masculinities and Power
  • Masculinities and Feminism

Unit 2: Masculinity and History: Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-colonial Contexts

  • Indian Masculinities before Colonialism
  • Masculinities and the Colonial Era: the Making of Indian Men
  • Post-colonial Masculinities: The Nation and its Men

Unit 3: Learning to be a Man

  • Family
  • Schooling
  • Religion
  • Work

Unit 4: Masculinity and Sexuality

  •  Men, Women and Sexuality
  •  Heterosexuality, Homosexuality and Masculinity

Unit 5: Masculinities, „Honour‟ and Violence

  • Losing Masculinity, Maintaining Masculinity
  • War and Masculinity

Unit 6: Filmic and Masculinities in India

  • Men as Movie Audiences
  • Poets and Angry Young Men

Unit 7: Masculinities, Beauty, Physicality and Fitness

  • Making-up the Male Body
  • Masculinity in Performance

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Assessment 1: 40%
  • Assessment 2: 40%
  • Class participation and attendance: 20%


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