Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Fall 12-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



First Advisor

Dr. Anne Richards

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Walters


This paper explores the differences and similarities between American and Japanese masculinities (and their underlying values). The paper contrasts the findings regarding American and Japanese masculinities detailed in books and articles read by the author, and discusses the portrayal of masculinities in the films "The Last Samurai," "Shall We Dance?" and "Shall We Dansu?" The paper begins with a discussion of masculinities in general, including brief historical contexts, followed by an overview of masculinities studies in America and Japan, concluding with an exploration of the similarities and differences of masculinities in America and Japan, as portrayed in the above-referenced films.