Àngels Carabí (University of Barcelona)
She co-founded the Center for Women and Literature which became a UNESCO Chair on studies of gender in this University. She has published widely on ethnic American women writers and is co-editor of the series “Masculinity Studies: Literary and Cultural Representations” (Peter Lang). She is an international advisory editor for the journal Men and Masculinities (SAGE), and coordinates the University of Barcelona-based research group Constructing New Masculinities.
Teresa Requena-Pelegrí (University of Barcelona)
Her research focuses on gender studies as well as cultural and historical analyses of U.S. literature. She has published widely on U.S. theater (with particular attention to the work of Gertrude Stein), and the literary production of Nathaniel Hawthorne and other nineteenth-century U.S. writers. Her current research focuses on the analysis of masculinities in contemporary U.S. fiction.
Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World: (U.S.) Literary Representations
Despite our globalized and rapidly changing world, hegemonic models of masculinity still prevail in most societies, thus perpetuating unequal gender relations. Women feminists and scholars of masculinities argue that men should recognize their false entitlements to unequal power; they should contest the cultural values of dominance, and develop an ethical responsibility to act out more equitable gender relations. Luckily, in a number of countries, men, both individually and in groups, are increasingly prone to accomplishing these goals. Yet the majority of sensitive males who want to change do not know how to. They are doubtful as to what it means exactly to act as caring fathers or caring friends, to respond nonviolently when faced with aggression, or to behave as equal partners without “losing” their masculinity. New formulations of manhood are required for men of all ages and cultural backgrounds. In an attempt to shed some light on these tensions, our work on (U.S.) literary representations of alternative masculinities bridges the gap between the social sciences and the humanities and delves into the complex paths that fictional characters undergo on their way to eventually becoming more egalitarian men. We explore topics such as new fatherhoods, nonviolent models of manhood, alternative gender relations, the crossing of boundaries and masculinities beyond capitalism in the works of authors such as Paul Auster, Jonathan Franzen, Toni Morrison and Richard Ford among others.