About the Course

Aggression, strength, dominance and sexual performance are characteristics stereotypically associated with masculinity. When these traits are associated with Latino masculinity, they are often equated with machismo and perceived as negative. However, this is based on the idea that masculinity is natural, belonging to men, and static. In this course we will examine how masculinities are in fact socially constructed in contemporary Latino cultural production. Through the study of film, literature, and other cultural products and practices, we will assess how gender, race, ethnicity, social class, illness, immigration, and sexuality all play a role in these constructions.