AuthorWright, Amber Michelle
Committee ChairDickey, Jerry
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study examines men's masculine performance in LaBute's major works and demonstrates how his men oppress themselves and others by trying to live up to the ideals of traditional masculinity. Using the writings of profeminist sociologist Michael Kimmel and other scholars of masculinities, as well as theoretical considerations of Laura Mulvey's gaze theory, the thesis specifically explores the attempts of LaBute's men to repudiate the femininity within themselves through homophobia and the suppression of emotions. Additionally, it examines the sexism that stems from his men's anti-femininity. Overall, the prevalence of such harmful men in LaBute's works and the mostly negative effects of their masculine performance prove that LaBute is critiquing traditional masculinity in order to promote change.
Degree ProgramTheatre Arts