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Grease and the Remasculinization of America: Marci Ray  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

This talk argues that the film adaptation of the musical Grease (1978) is a nostalgic look at 1950s rock and roll and, in particular, the masculine ideal it created. In the late 1970s, Grease contributed to a larger cultural endeavor, as Susan Jefferds has put it, to "remasculinize" America-in this case, particularly for audiences, who felt threatened by the rise of disco and its associations with alternative masculinities. This film responds to what amounted to a moral panic about the death of rock music, because its alleged death heralded the decline of hegemonic white, middle-class, heterosexual masculinity.
Cosponsored by Music in American Life.

Location: North Conference Room (W449), MSU Main Library
Price: free
Sponsor: Administration
Contact: Mary Black
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