Sexist Tensions in Geekdom: Why? Just, Why?

The title of this blog post could well have been “______ Tensions in Geekdom: Why? Just, Why?”, but I think that would’ve messed with the URL and broken the WWW.  Honestly, tho, “sexist” could just as well be “racist” or “ageist” or “homophobic” or any other “-ism” relevant in our divided and catalogued world.  It…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part IV

Christopher Olson continues his discussion of the construction of masculinity in the films of Nicolas Winding Refn by analyzing the violent portrayal of the main characters.  Does this type of portrayal glorify or condemn such violence?  Stay tuned for Olson’s thoughts on just that issue.  Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity:…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part III

In this third part of his analysis of how the Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn portrays masculinity in his films, Christopher Olson deconstructs the films to understand how Refn creates men that reflect this idealized notion of individualism as an important characteristic of men. Read all about how this applies to Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive in Nicolas…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part I

As part of his master’s thesis, Christopher Olson is considering how Nicolas Winding Refn is creating and depicting a stable notion of masculinity in his films; specifically, in Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising and Drive.  In this blog post, he explores what is Refn’s notion of a mythical masculinity, and how he begins to develop and…

Language and Masculinity in the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn

This video essay by Christopher J. Olson explores how four movies from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn depict the relationship between how much men speak and the requirements for being masculine. via Language and Masculinity in the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn.

Men and Their Engagements with Stereotypically Feminine Media Products

The following is an excerpt from the paper I will be presenting at the 2014 Central States Communication Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This paper presents a new analysis from the data collected for my dissertation on gendered media engagings.  With the help of my undergraduate research assistant, Kevin Miller, we were able to conduct…

Christopher J. Olson On Nicholas Winding Refn

From Pusher to Bronson to Drive, join three movie nerds, cinephiles, and film scholars to discuss the “Danish delight.” Christopher J. Olson joins the bi-weekly podcast Director’s Club to discuss the up and coming Danish director, Nicholas Winding Refn. Olson is currently doing his master’s thesis on the director’s work, and particularly how Refn represents and criticizes the portrayals of masculinity…

Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings and Drivers: A Presentation

Christopher Olson of DePaul University presents an analysis of the depiction of masculinity in the films of Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn: Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings and Drivers ppt. For more information, you can contact him at chrstphrolson@gmail.com.