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Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities

Author : Susanne Kord
ISBN : 9781137016218
Genre : Social Science
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Kord and Krimmer investigate the most common male types - cops, killers, fathers, cowboys, superheroes, spies, soldiers, rogues, lovers, and losers - by tracing changing concepts of masculinity in popular Hollywood blockbusters from 1992 to 2008 - the Clinton and Bush eras - against a backdrop of contemporary political events, social developments, and popular American myths. Their in-depth analysis of over sixty films, from The Matrix and Iron Man to Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings, shows that movies, far from being mere entertainment, respond directly to today's social and political realities, from consumerism to "family values" to the War on Terror.
Category: Social Science

M Nnlichkeit

Author : Stefan Horlacher
ISBN : 9783476051967
Genre : Social Science
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Männlichkeitsbilder im Wandel. Männlichkeit ist ein Forschungsfeld, das sich in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten innerhalb der Geschlechterforschung immer stärker profiliert hat. Mittlerweile ist die Beschäftigung mit Männlichkeit auch in Medizin, Psychologie, Soziologie, Film- und Literaturwissenschaft zu einem festen Bestandteil geworden. Das Handbuch stellt einen Dialog zwischen den etablierten anglo-amerikanischen Masculinity Studies und der in Europa betriebenen Männlichkeitsforschung her, beleuchtet die wissenschaftlichen Fragestellungen und führt die wichtigsten natur-, sozial- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Perspektiven in einem interdisziplinären Ansatz zusammen. Dabei wird das jeweils fachspezifisch hervorgebrachte Wissen über Männlichkeit von führenden Forschern bilanziert und weitergedacht.
Category: Social Science

In Ge Schlechter Gesellschaft

Author : Julia Brühne
ISBN : 9783839431740
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Wann ist der Mann ein Politikum? Im Imaginären einer dominant homosozialen Gesellschaft erscheinen Macht oder Ohnmacht oft gekoppelt an die Kategorie des Geschlechts, insbesondere an eine positiv oder negativ überzeichnete Männlichkeit. Dies reicht vom republikanischen Gründungsphantasma der jungfräulichen Nation - und ihres virilen Männerbundes - bis zur sexuellen Kodierung kolonialistischer Projekte. Literatur und Film bedienen oder hinterfragen diese politischen Konstruktionen von Männlichkeit. Am Beispiel der Romania und an historisch signifikanten Ereignissen untersuchen die Beiträge des Bandes, wie sich solche ästhetischen Figurationen des politischen Geschlechts denken lassen.
Category: Literary Criticism

Screening Images Of American Masculinity In The Age Of Postfeminism

Author : Elizabeth Abele
ISBN : 9781498525831
Genre : Social Science
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This collection of essays presents a sampling of film and television texts, interrogating images of U.S. masculinity. Rather than using “postfeminist” as a definition of contemporary feminism, this collection uses the term to designate the period from the late 1980s on—as a point when feminist thought gradually became more mainstream. The movies and TV series examined here have achieved a level of sustained attention, from critical acclaim, to mass appeal, to cult status. Instead of beginning with a set hypothesis on the effect of the feminist movement on images of masculinity on film and television, these chapters represent a range of responses, that demonstrate how the conversations within these texts about American masculinity are often open-ended, allowing both male characters and male viewers a wider range of options. Defining the relationship between U.S. masculinity and American feminist movements of the twentieth century is a complex undertaking. The essays collected for this volume engage prominent film and television texts that directly interrogate images of U.S. masculinity that have appeared since second-wave feminism. The contributors have chosen textual examples whose protagonists actively struggle with the conflicting messages about masculinity. These protagonists are more often works-in-progress, acknowledging the limits of their negotiations and self-actualization. These chapters also cover a wide range of genres and decades: from action and fantasy to dramas and romantic comedy, from the late 1970s to today. Taken together, the chapters of Screening Images of American Masculinity in the AgeofPostfeminism interrogate “the possible” screened in popular movies and television series, confronting the multiple and competing visions of masculinity not after or beyond feminism but, rather, in its very wake.
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Spectacular Bodies

Author : Yvonne Tasker
ISBN : 9781134873005
Genre : Social Science
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While films such as Rambo, Thelma and Louise and Basic Instinct have operated as major points of cultural reference in recent years, popular action cinema remains neglected within contemporary film criticism. Spectacular Bodies unravels the complexities and pleasures of a genre often dismissed as `obvious' in both its pleasure and its politics, arguing that these controversial films should be analysed and understood within a cinematic as well as a political context. Yvonne Tasker argues that today's action cinema not only responds to the shifts in gendered, sexual and racial identities which took place during the 1980s, but reflects the influences of other media such as the new video culture. Her detailed discussion of the homoeroticism surrounding the muscleman hero, the symbolic centrality of blackness within the crime narrative, and the changing status of women within the genre, addresses the constitution of these identities through the shifting categories of gender, class, race, sex, sexuality and nation. Spectacular Bodies also examines the ambivalence of supposedly secure categories of popular cinema, questioning the existing terms of film criticism in this area and addressing the complex pleasures of this neglected form.
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Genre Gender And The Effects Of Neoliberalism

Author : Betty Kaklamanidou
ISBN : 9780415632744
Genre : Performing Arts
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The romantic comedy has long been regarded as an inferior film genre by critics and scholars alike, accused of maintaining a strict narrative formula which is considered superficial and highly predictable. However, the genre has resisted the negative scholarly and critical comments and for the last three decades the steady increase in the numbers of romantic comedies position the genre among the most popular ones in the globally dominant Hollywood film industry. The enduring power of the new millennium romantic comedy, proves that therein lies something deeper and worth investigating. This new work draws together a discussion of the full range of romantic comedies in the new millennium, exploring the cycles of films that tackle areas including teen romance, the new career woman, women as action heroes, motherhood and pregnancy and the mature millennium woman. The work evaluates the structure of these different types of films and examines in detail the ways in which they choose to frame key contemporary issues which influence how we analyse global politics, including gender, class, race and society. Providing a rich understanding of the complexities and potential of the genre for understanding contemporary society, this work will be of interest to students and scholars of cultural & film studies, gender & politics and world politics in general.
Category: Performing Arts

German Women S Life Writing And The Holocaust

Author : Elisabeth Krimmer
ISBN : 9781108658560
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This important study examines women's life writing about the Second World War and the Holocaust, such as memoirs, diaries, docunovels, and autobiographically inspired fiction. Through a historical and literary study of the complex relationship between gender, genocide, and female agency, the analyzes correct androcentric views of the Second World War and seek to further our understanding of a group that, although crucial to the functioning of the National Socialist regime, has often been overlooked: that of the complicit bystander. Chapters on army auxiliaries, nurses, female refugees, rape victims, and Holocaust survivors analyze women's motivations for enlisting in the National Socialist cause, as well as for their continuing support for the regime and, in some cases, their growing estrangement from it. The readings allow insights into the nature of complicity itself, the emergence of violence in civil society, and the possibility of social justice.
Category: Literary Criticism

Postfeminism And Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Author : J. Gwynne
ISBN : 9781137306845
Genre : Performing Arts
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By analyzing the negotiation of femininities and masculinities within contemporary Hollywood cinema, Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema presents diverse interrogations of popular cinema and illustrates the need for a renewed scholarly focus on contemporary film production.
Category: Performing Arts