True Bromance: Representation of Masculinity and Heteronormative Dominance in the Bromantic Comedy Metadata

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  • Main Title True Bromance: Representation of Masculinity and Heteronormative Dominance in the Bromantic Comedy


  • Author: Hartwell, David B.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Benshoff, Harry
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Chair: Larke-Walsh, George
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Chair: Foertsch, Jacqueline
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info:


  • Creation: 2013-12


  • English


  • Content Description: This project explores the representation of white, American masculinity within the Hollywood bromantic comedy cycle. By analyzing three interrelated components (close homosociality, infantilization, and relationship to patriarchy) of the model of masculinity perpetuated by this cycle of films, this study reveals the hegemonic motives therein. Despite the representation of a masculinity nervously questioning its position within the romantic comedy narrative and the broader patriarchal structure, the results of this representation are, ultimately, regressive and reactionary. Cultural gains made concerning gender, sexuality, and race are doubled back upon in a cycle of films that appeal to regressive modes of misogyny, homophobia, and racism still present in Hollywood filmmaking, and the hegemony of white, patriarchal heteronormativity is rigorously maintained.


  • Keyword: Bromance
  • Keyword: bromantic comedy
  • Keyword: film
  • Keyword: masculinity


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Hartwell, David B.
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc407801


  • Academic Department: Department of Radio, Television and Film
  • Degree Discipline: Radio, Television and Film
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Publication Type: thesi