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Performing Masculinities


School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH216 - Aspects of Theatre and Performance: Performing Masculinities

Tutor: Dr Wallace McDowell (

Spring Term 2012

Seminars: Thursday 1130-1330

Room: G52


Assessment: One 3000 word research essay – 50%

One Exam – 50%



Performing Masculinities


Module Tutors:  

This module will focus on the performance of a range of masculinities. We will examine how masculinities are constructed, maintained a challenged through a range of texts and performances. The module will analyse the intersection of masculinities with a range of other concepts such as class, ethnicity and age. The module will also explore how a variety of institutions – the workplace, school, the military and sport – influence the way that masculinities are performed on stage and in everyday life. Texts under discussion may include Black Watch, The History Boys, Up and Under, Glengarry Glen Ross and Enter Achilles (DV8).


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

Discuss the ways in which late twentieth century and twenty-first century performance artists, theatre practitioners and playwrights have represented the performance of masculinities

Identify key themes and strategies employed by playwrights and practitioners to explore the idea of what it means to be a ‘man’.

Demonstrate an understanding of how key conceptual frameworks can inform the creation and analysis of contemporary theatre/performance.

Analyse a wide range of plays and performances paying attention to the study of masculinities in particular and gender in general within historical and cultural contexts.

Engage in research-based investigation of appropriate primary and secondary source material.

Communicate what they have learnt both orally and in writing.