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Lecture: Them's Fighting Words - Masculinity, Violence, and the American Cowboy in the Late Nineteenth Century
 
 
Date: 15 March 2011 
 

American Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following talk:

Them's Fighting Words: Masculinity, Violence, and the American
Cowboy in the Late Nineteenth Century

Dr. Jacqueline Moore
Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University
Full Professor, Austin College, Texas

Date: 15 March, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: Convocation room, Main Building, HKU

Abstract:
The cowboy has become an icon of masculinity to generations of Americans. From John Wayne to the Marlboro Man, Teddy Roosevelt to George W. Bush, men have been “cowboying up” to tame both literal and figurative frontiers and to prove their manhood and that of their country. However, the cowboy image is largely a mythical one, even from its beginnings. In reality, from the late 1870s on, as the open range disappeared, the real cowboys faced increasing demands from the people around them to rein in the very traits that other Americans considered the most masculine. So how exactly did the cowboy become the manly hero? This talk will examine how the 19th century reality became the 20th century legend.

Poster: http://www.hku.hk/amstudy/news/images/20110315.pdf

All are welcome. No registration is required.
For enquiries, please contact Ms. Cice Chan (cice@hku.hk / 2219 4403).

 
 
     
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