Brenda Boyle and Kirk Combe Publish Book
Brenda Boyle, associate professor of English, and Kirk Combe, professor of English, have published a book titled Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films. In it they explore the complex interaction of masculinity and monstrosity in 21st-century blockbuster films such as 300, V for Vendetta, and Avatar. Often in these movies, the manly good becomes the ugly bad, while the monstrous bad turns out to be the attractive good. Thus, taken together, these two identity positions—manliness and monsterliness—offer a window into the workings of current American society. The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the Global Masculinities series, edited by Michael Kimmel and Judith Kegan Gardiner.