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                      THE VELVET LIGHT TRAP
 
****New Masculinities: Constructions, Performance and Transformation****
 
One recent product of feminist and queer scholarship has been new attention
to cultural representations of masculinity. Film and television theory which
addresses representations of masculinity acknowledges that men do not
represent a universal norm and begins the project of enunciating maleness as
difference.  It is therefore scholarship which contributes to the discussion
of sexual difference begun by feminists in that it distinguishes male
identities created in the media and posits masculinity as a complex set of
codes which allow for multiple constructions, limitations and interventions.
 
THE VELVET LIGHT TRAP currently seeks papers which address questions related
to the representation of men such as, but not limited to, the following:
 
How do representations of men distinguish and historicize cultural codes
used to represent masculinity and male identity?  How are those codes being
re-written and revised?
 
In what ways is masculinity performance?  What viewing or textual strategies
might be useful for denaturalizing those performances?
 
How do considerations of representations of masculinity extend or change the
insights of feminist film and television theory?  Does feminist theory's
current interest in representations of masculinity relate to what some
cultural critics label "post-feminist?"
 
Do current trends in film and television reflect/create a change in male
introspection about child abuse, alcoholism, war, gay-bashing and other
experiences which may be traumatic to men?  If so, what social and
historical factors are influencing these textual concerns?
 
How does attention to race, class and sexual orientation intersect with
representations of masculinity?
 
How have cultural shifts in notions of masculinity affected various genres?
(ex. male melodramas, buddy pictures or film noir)  How do television shows
which feature the "new father" (ex. "Full House," "My Two Dads") operate as
"masculinity texts?"
 
Send three copies of manuscripts in MLA style and publishable form by
September 30, 1995 to:
 
The Velvet Light Trap
Dept. of Radio-Television-Film
CMA 6.118
University of Texas
Austin, TX  78712
 
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