The sign of the dancing men: negotiations of masculinity in film musicals

Next in the series of papers from the recent Masculinities Symposium at the Ian Potter Museum of Art is by Professor David Buchbinder, Chair in Masculinities Studies Department of Communication & Cultural Studies at Curtin University of Technology. He talks about the increasing prominence of the male dancer in mainstream film. It's all connected to, as Dr Buchbiner so succintly put it: 'a post-fem
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Next in the series of papers from the recent Masculinities Symposium at the Ian Potter Museum of Art is by Professor David Buchbinder, Chair in Masculinities Studies Department of Communication & Cultural Studies at Curtin University of Technology. He talks about the increasing prominence of the male dancer in mainstream film. It’s all connected to, as Dr Buchbiner so succintly put it: ‘a post-feminist, post-industrialist, post-capitalist and post-queer cultural context.’ Read on if you dare!

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Professor David Buchbinder
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Prof. David Buchbinder was educated in Kenya and Western Australia, completing his BA with a major in English literature and a minor in French civilisation, at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, and his PhD, with foci in English Renaissance drama and literary theory and criticism, at Cornell University, in the US. Having joined Curtin University of Technology (then the Western Australian Institute of Technology) in 1974, he has taught in the fields of literary and cultural studies, and has both a national and an international reputation in the area of masculinities studies, in which he has published numerous papers and two monographs, and holds a personal chair. At present working on a third monograph in the field of masculinities studies, he is also currently Head of his Department.
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