Owen R. Horton


About Me

I teach Film, Literature, and Composition at Indiana University. Currently, I teach courses in Trauma and Memory in Film, a course in Gender, War, and Disability in American Literature, and a course in Composition. My courses, like my research, focus on the intersections between multimedia (particularly visual) and culture (particularly masculinity).


I received my PhD in English (focusing on Film and Masculinities) from the University of Kentucky in 2018. My dissertation, titled "Rebooting Masculinity After 9/11: Male Heroism from Bush to Trump," examines traditionally masculine film genres such as the Bond film, the War film, and the Superhero film. In it, I argue that the rebooting of the American identity after 9/11 mirrors a rebranding of masculinity in films during the same time frame, and that each genre offers insights into the fears and fantasies of Americans in the aftermath of the attacks.


Contact Me

Department of English
Lindley Hall 215
150 South Woodlawn Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405

Tel: 269-547-7032

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