“Chuck Norris drinks napalm to quell his heartburn” – Cold War, Masculinity, and Martial Arts in the movies of Chuck Norris
There are many myths about the most ‘deadliest, sexiest and beardiest’ man alive. Despite these exaggerations, Chuck Norris was a well-known figure of action hero movies in the 1980s and 1990s. Film titles like Missing Action, Delta Force, Sidekicks etc. accompanied a whole generation and to this day, there are a lot of fans who confirm the effects of the movies during their youth. Furthermore, the films of Chuck Norris reflect American society during the last decades of the Cold War. Hence, they created images of martial arts heroes doing karate images of and the Cold War itself. Besides, they made Chuck Norris the most masculine guy on earth.
The aim of this anthology is to highlight the different effects and the influence of his movies, as well as to provide an analysis of the images in the movies named above. Next to the analyzis of singular movies more general approaches to the topic are also warmly welcome.
Proposals (about 300 words) are welcome from scholars of all academic disciplines of the humanities and should be handed in with a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org until March 31st, 2014.
Final essays (5000-6000 words, Chicago Manual of Style) are due on 31st December, 2014.
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