Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Imagining Masculinities

Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture, 1st Edition

By Katarzyna Kosmala


220 pages | 66 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2013-05-22
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This book examines the intersections between debates in critical studies of men and masculinities and debates on visual representation, investigating representations of men and masculinities in contemporary culture and examples of visual art that deconstruct those representations. It attends to various spaces associated with heteronormativity, including the visible domains of working life, leisure and public discourses, as well as less visible domains such as private spaces, lifestyle, desire and sexual agency.


"This book provides a very important and presently under-examined and under-theorised emphasis upon artwork, masculinities and heteronormativity. It is highly original in its discussion of imagining masculinities and offers a most welcome addition to the field of critical studies of men and masculinities and cultural and visual studies. It makes strong and inventive usage of feminist and other critical theoretical insights such as those drawing upon notions of postcolonial hybridity. There is no other book quite like it."

- Professor Christine Beasley, Co-Director, The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: On Imagining Masculinities Part 1: Men, Masculinities, Their Places and Spaces 2. What’s Love Got to Do With It? Masculinities, Sexualities and Intimacies 3. Is Home a Safe Place to Be? Violence in the Hetero-Normative Realms 4. He Wants to Be Young and Beautiful: On Metrosexuality and Fashion Part 2: Men, Masculinities and Movement 5. Sculpting Your Own Success: To Gain or to Give It Up? 6. Globalising Working Life: Masculinities at the Border 7. Every Boy Dreams to Be a Football Star: On Sporting Body and Movement Part 3: Temporary and Permanent Transformations 8. Of the Sick and of the Weak 9. Transforming, Moulding and Altering Masculinities 10. On Imag-e-ning: Conclusions

About the Author

Katarzyna Kosmala is Professor of culture, media and visual practice at the School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of West of Scotland, Visiting Research Fellow at the European Institute of Gender Studies GEXcel at Linköping University and Örebro University, Sweden, Visiting Professor at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, art writer and freelance curator. She researches and writes on aspects of construction and representation of gender and identity politics in contemporary (visual) culture, creative work and cultural labour, on discourses of creativity, identity and community in the context of a globalising network society, art production and enterprise. She also writes regularly features about video and new media art and politics of representation. She has published widely in international journals, contributed to several books, art reviews and art catalogues. She just published her co-edited Art Inquiry Edition (2013, University of Lódz). She currently works on Sexing the Border (Ed) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies