The Age of Superman: The Masculine Ideal under Fascism and Socialism 1932-45 (HIH1601)

15 credits

It has been a long held assumption that the idealisation of the male form under Fascism and Socialism was essentially two sides of the same coin, as both ideologies attempted, through various means and drawing on various theories, to make man anew. However, as historians have moved away from the totalitarian model for analysing such societies, this has brought into question the notion that these two ideologies held the same vision of who this ‘new man’ would be. Using a wide variety of material, and with particular emphasis on cultural sources, this module will allow students to examine the similarities and divergences between these two models of masculinity in the decade that culminated with their brutal confrontation on the battlefields of World War Two.