This week's In Media Res special theme week is called Action Movies and Masculinity. Here's the line-up:
Monday August 9, 2010 Eric LeMay (Ohio University) presents: Action Tones
Tuesday August 10, 2010 Jennifer Proctor (University of Michigan-Dearborn) presents: A Failure of Imagination: The role of disability in Avatar
Wednesday August 11, 2010 Mark Gallagher (University of Nottingham) presents: The World in Action
Thursday August 12, 2010 Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia) presents: Aging and Action Authenticity
Friday August 13, 2010 Matt Thomas (University of Iowa) presents: The Body that Can't Win
Theme week organized by Drew Ayers (Georgia State University)
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