This thesis sets out to examine and understand the evolution of masculinity in America by the mid-twentieth century. The research focuses on examining how this new form of masculinity can be seen mirrored in the most popular film genre of the day; the Western. This study gives focuses on an area of gender studies that is rarely focused on, the evolution and development of masculinity. By analyzing the new elements of America during the 1950s, such as the mass consumption of cars and the suburban house, it will be clearer to see how this new masculinity was created and developed during the early 1950s. This study also builds upon a facet of 1950s America that is often discussed but rarely explored; the Drive-In theater. By analyzing the Drive-In theaters it can build upon the elements of the newly developed masculinity and also help build upon a lacking part of America’s recreational history.
|Commitee:||Fowler, Laura, Hedley, Mark|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American history, Gender studies, Sexuality|
|Keywords:||1950s, Drive-In, Masculinity, St. Louis, Suburbs, Westerns|
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