Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193291
Title:
Masculinity in the Works of Neil LaBute
Author:
Wright, Amber Michelle
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This study examines men's masculine performance in LaBute's major works and demonstrates how his men oppress themselves and others by trying to live up to the ideals of traditional masculinity. Using the writings of profeminist sociologist Michael Kimmel and other scholars of masculinities, as well as theoretical considerations of Laura Mulvey's gaze theory, the thesis specifically explores the attempts of LaBute's men to repudiate the femininity within themselves through homophobia and the suppression of emotions. Additionally, it examines the sexism that stems from his men's anti-femininity. Overall, the prevalence of such harmful men in LaBute's works and the mostly negative effects of their masculine performance prove that LaBute is critiquing traditional masculinity in order to promote change.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Theatre Arts
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Theatre Arts; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Dickey, Jerry
Committee Chair:
Dickey, Jerry

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleMasculinity in the Works of Neil LaButeen_US
dc.creatorWright, Amber Michelleen_US
dc.contributor.authorWright, Amber Michelleen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study examines men's masculine performance in LaBute's major works and demonstrates how his men oppress themselves and others by trying to live up to the ideals of traditional masculinity. Using the writings of profeminist sociologist Michael Kimmel and other scholars of masculinities, as well as theoretical considerations of Laura Mulvey's gaze theory, the thesis specifically explores the attempts of LaBute's men to repudiate the femininity within themselves through homophobia and the suppression of emotions. Additionally, it examines the sexism that stems from his men's anti-femininity. Overall, the prevalence of such harmful men in LaBute's works and the mostly negative effects of their masculine performance prove that LaBute is critiquing traditional masculinity in order to promote change.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectTheatre Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre Artsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDickey, Jerryen_US
dc.contributor.chairDickey, Jerryen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2752en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749784en_US
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