Battleground Masculinity: Gendertroublers and Gatekeepers in Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986)


  • Christina Judith Hein



In the years following its release in 1986, Oliver Stone's Vietnam war film, Platoon“, received a great amount of attention in academia. A critical look from the vantage point of contemporary Queer and Gender Studies, however, can still contribute valuably and reveal issues hitherto untouched. My paper discusses how, besides fighting a military war, the film's three protagonists are deeply involved in negotiating masculinity as they assume positions not only in an oedipal arrangement but also in the contest between gendertroublers and borderpatrols.

Author Biography

Christina Judith Hein

Christina Judith Hein received her M.A. in American Literary and Cultural Studies and in Film and Media Studies from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany in 2003. She has also studied at the University of Kansas and attended classes at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. She is currently an associate colleague of the graduate college "Difference and Transdifference: Reflections of Cultural Hermeneutics" at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg where she is writing her dissertation on constructions and representations of whiteness in the literature of contemporary Native American authors. She is also interested in gender issues in US superhero comic books and mainstream film.




How to Cite

Hein, Christina Judith. “Battleground Masculinity: Gendertroublers and Gatekeepers in Oliver Stone’s Platoon (1986)”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 8, Mar. 2012, doi:10.5283/copas.96.




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