Faculty of Arts


Special Topic: Images of Men in Europe C18-20

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for EUROPEAN 208.


Focuses on the images of men in Europe, from the end of the 18th century down to the present day, in the construction of European identity. The course examines the changing representations of masculinity in European visual culture, mainly through sports and war, brought into dialogue with consumption, medicine and sexuality.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine


Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: On Photography ( New York: Hill & Way, 1981).

Connell, R. W. Masculinities (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1995).

Forth, Christopher E. Masculinity in the Modern West (London, Palgrave Macmillan: 2008).

Ginzburg, Carlo. “Clues: Roots of an Evidential Paradigm”, in Myths, Emblems, Clues (London: Hutchinson Radius, 1990).

Mosse, George. The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity (New York : Oxford UP, 1996).

Recommended Reading

Belting, Hans. An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2011).

Bourke, Joanna. Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain & the Great War (London: Reaktion, 1996).

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, vol. I (New York: Vintage, 1978/1990).

Hall, Lesley. Hidden Anxieties: Male Sexuality, 1900-1950 ( Cambridge: Polity, 1991).

Hearn, Jeff & Pringle, Keith. European Perspectives on Men & Masculinities (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Holt, Richard. Sport & the British: A Modern History (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898).

Large, David C., Nazi Games. The Olympics of 1936 (London: WW Norton & Co, 2007).
Mac Laren, Angus. Impotence: A Cultural History (Chicago, The UP of Chicago, 2007).
Nye, Robert A. Masculinity & Male Codes of Honour in Modern France (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1993).
Gilman, Sander L. Fat Boys: A Slim Book (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004).
Theweleit, Klaus. Male Fantasies, 2 vol. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987).


Coursework: 2 essays, 20% (1200) and 30% (1800 words)
Exam: 1 two-hour final written exam (50%)


EUROPEAN 208: 15.0 points


Any 30 points passed in BA courses



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