Sunday, November 02, 2008

Things I Learned at the Utopian Studies Conference


One paper discussed the uncertain masculinity in Diamonds are Forever, a destabilization of the James Bond character as was seen in the previous and subsequent movies. Anyone out there read it this way?

Another paper on Fight Club, of course, explored similar themes. Is male comradeship, as seen in the scene where Meatloaf is embraced, also a sign of destabilized masculinity.

7 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Well, inasmuch as he's impotent (and inept) in every way but sexually in GOLDFINGER, I think the film Bond was already stymied.

ARCHAVIST said...

I'm not sure about this - although the character's well diluted in these modern times, though.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Maculinity is such a big thing in academia-I almost wrote this as a joke. Ian Flemming created a character to dispute the notion that all spies were gay-after that circle with Philby. But boredom seeps in with all the macho displays probably and then the academics creep in and point fingers.

Todd Mason said...

Hence my mocking reference, in the poetry discussion, of Hamlin Garland, the most machismic poet I've encountered. "Do You Fear the Force of the Wind?" is quite enough.

Todd Mason said...

Academic men probably feel awkward about not building muscles while working. And not having "real world" boredom in their jobs, having academic boredom instead. And then there are entirely too many nubile youngsters around.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Just checked that poem out. Not his finest effort, I hope.

Todd Mason said...

Pretty much is. Or at least his most influential.