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The masculine masquerade : masculinity and representation
Perchuk, Andrew.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT List Visual Arts Center : MIT Press, [1995]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Jan. 21-Mar. 26, 1995.
Matthew Barney -- Tina Barney -- Clegg & Guttmann -- Graham Durward -- Lyle Ashton Harris -- Dale Kistemaker -- Mary Kelly -- Donald Moffett -- Keith Piper -- Charles Ray -- Michael Yue Tong -- Masculinity as masquerade / Harry Brod -- The masculine masquerade : masculinity represented in recent art / Helaine Posner -- Pollock and postwar masculinity / Andrew Perchuk -- The spy in the gray flannel suit : gender performance and the representation of masculinity in North by Northwest / Steven Cohan -- "Lifelike" : imagining the bodies of people with AIDS / Simon Watney --Reconstructing Black masculinity / bell hooks -- A feast of scraps / Glenn Ligon.
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N8222.M38 M38 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This text explores often-ignored issues of masculinity in the visual arts as well as models and concepts of masculinity in literature, film and the mass media. Drawing on the work of feminist and gay studies and the work being done in psychology, sociology, and gender studies, the essays analyze the conventional and limited definition of masculinity as a social and cultural construct. They seek to expand that definition to include multiple masculinities and factors such as race, class, ethnicity and object choice.

Author Notes

Bell Hooks was born Gloria Watkins on September 25, 1952. She grew up in a small Southern community that gave her a sense of belonging as well as a sense of racial separation. She has degrees from Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has served as a noted activist and social critic and has taught at numerous colleges. Hooks uses her great-grandmother's name to write under as a tribute to her ancestors.

Hooks writes daring and controversial works that explore African-American female identities. In works such as Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism and Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, she points out how feminism works for and against black women. Oppressed since slavery, black women must overcome the dual odds of race and gender discrimination to come to terms with equality and self-worth.

(Bowker Author Biography)