MASCULINITY IN THE CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC COMEDY

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Masculinity In The Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Author : John Alberti
ISBN : 9781136222900
Genre : Performing Arts
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This volume addresses the growing obsolescence of traditional constructions of masculine identity in popular romantic comedies by proposing an approach that combines gender and genre theory to examine the ongoing radical reconstruction of gender roles in these films. Alberti creates a unified theory of gender role change in the movies that combines the insights of both poststructuralist gender and narrative genre theory, avoiding binary approaches to the study of gender representation. He establishes the current "crises" in both gender representation and genre development within romantic comedies as examples of experimentation and change towards narratives that feature more egalitarian and less essentialist constructions of gender.
Category: Performing Arts

Masculinity In Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

Author : Marianne Kac-Vergne
ISBN : 178076748X
Genre : Masculinity in motion pictures
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If science fiction stages the battle between humans and non-humans, whether alien or machine, who is elected to fight for us? In the classics of science fiction cinema, humanity is nearly always represented by a male, and until recently, a white male. Spanning landmark American films from Blade Runner to Avatar, this major new study offers the first ever analysis of masculinity in science fiction cinema. It uncovers the evolution of masculine heroes from the 1980s until the present day, and the roles played by their feminine counterparts. Considering gender alongside racial and class politics, Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema also situates filmic examples within the broader culture. It is indispensable for understanding science fiction and its role in contemporary cultural politics
Category: Masculinity in motion pictures

Reading The Bromance

Author : Michael DeAngelis
ISBN : 9780814338995
Genre : Performing Arts
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In the middle of this century’s first decade, “bromance” emerged as a term denoting an emotionally intense bond between straight men. Yet bromance requires an expression of intimacy that always toys with being coded as something other than “straight” male behavior, even as it insists that such intimacy must never be misinterpreted. In Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television, editor Michael DeAngelis has compiled a diverse group of essays that address the rise of this tricky phenomenon and explore the social and cultural functions it serves. Contributors consider selected contemporary film and television texts, as well as the genres that historically inspired them, in order to explore what needs bromance attempts to fulfill in relationships between men—straight or otherwise. Essays analyze films ranging from I Love You, Man to Superbad, Humpday, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Hangover, and the Jackass films, and include studies of representative examples in international cinema such as Y tu mama tambien and classic and contemporary films of the Bollywood genre. The volume also examines the increasingly prevalent appearance of the bromance phenomenon in television narratives, from the “male bonding” rituals of Friends and Seinfeld to more recent manifestations in House, The Wire, and the MTV reality series Bromance. From historical analysis to discourse analysis, sociological analysis, and queer theory, this volume provides a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the phenomenon in the first booklength study of the bromance genre. Film and television scholars as well as readers interested in pop culture and queer studies will enjoy the insights of Reading the Bromance.
Category: Performing Arts

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

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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Postmodern Chick Flicks

Author : R. Garrett
ISBN : 9780230801523
Genre : Performing Arts
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In this extensive analysis of the renewed popularity of the 'woman's film' in the 1990s, Roberta Garrett examines melodrama, romantic comedy, costume drama and female-led noirs , revealing the way they blend classical and contemporary themes and formal devices.
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Double Occupancy Romantic Comedy

Author : Elaine Raco Chase
ISBN : 9789634282068
Genre : Fiction
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Meet Casey Reynolds - she is NOT thin, petite, clueless, virginal or submissive. Which is exactly why Travis Craig wanted to 'kick down her door and throw her on that bed'! All Casey Reynolds wanted was peace and quiet and a long vacation from covering the crime beat in Boston. That's why she agreed to borrowing a villa in Mexico - to rest, be alone and work on her novel. Then he showed up - Travis Craig. He said he was offered the villa to recover from a serious illness. He had just lost his teaching job and had no money to leave. She agreed with his plan to share the house - but on her terms. Soon rest and relaxation were a thing of the past when their double occupancy proved to erotic to control.
Category: Fiction

Betting Hearts

Author : Dee Tenorio
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Genre : Fiction
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Cassandra Bishop’s boyfriend is back. And this time, it’s war. Hardcore tomboy Cass had thought she’d seen the last of her miserable excuse for an ex when he left her at the altar. But he’s come back to their hometown, new “perfect” fiancee in tow, determined to show the world Cass was never woman enough for him. Never one to turn away from a fight, Cass is willing to do whatever it takes to prove to everyone—including herself—that she’s more woman than they can handle. The only problem…she has no idea where to start! Burke Hallifax’s worst nightmare has somehow come true. His best friend wants him to see her as a real female, something Burke has spent a lifetime specifically avoiding. On the other hand, he’s also spent years getting rid of the no-good, worthless, faithless waste of space that was her high school sweetheart. The last thing he’s willing to do is watch Cass turn herself inside out again for a jerk who wasn’t worth her spit, which means going all-in to help Cass win her bet, even if it means seeing her in a whole new light. Anything to keep her from falling back in love with the wrong guy… Now the entire town is betting as well—on whether Burke and Cass can pull off the makeover of the century…without falling in love. Book One of the Rancho del Cielo Romance series—now with a brand new epilogue!
Category: Fiction

The Trouble With Men

Author : Phil Powrie
ISBN : 1904764088
Genre : Performing Arts
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Dismantling Glory presents the most personal and powerful words ever written about the horrors of battle, by the very soldiers who put their lives on the line. Focusing on American and English poetry from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, Lorrie Goldensohn, a poet and pacifist, affirms that by and large, twentieth-century war poetry is fundamentally antiwar. She examines the changing nature of the war lyric and takes on the literary thinking of two countries separated by their common language. World War I poets such as Wilfred Owen emphasized the role of soldier as victim. By World War II, however, English and American poets, influenced by the leftist politics of W. H. Auden, tended to indict the whole of society, not just its leaders, for militarism. During the Vietnam War, soldier poets accepted themselves as both victims and perpetrators of war's misdeeds, writing a nontraditional, more personally candid war poetry. The book not only discusses the poetry of trench warfare but also shows how the lives of civilians--women and children in particular--entered a global war poetry dominated by air power, invasion, and occupation. Goldensohn argues that World War II blurred the boundaries between battleground and home front, thus bringing women and civilians into war discourse as never before. She discusses the interplay of fascination and disapproval in the texts of twentieth-century war and notes the way in which homage to war hero and victim contends with revulsion at war's horror and waste. In addition to placing the war lyric in literary and historical context, the book discusses in detail individual poets such as Wilfred Owen, W. H. Auden, Keith Douglas, Randall Jarrell, and a group of poets from the Vietnam War, including W. D. Ehrhart, Bruce Weigl, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Huddle, and Doug Anderson. Dismantling Glory is an original and compelling look at the way twentieth-century war poetry posited new relations between masculinity and war, changed and complicated the representation of war, and expanded the scope of antiwar thinking.
Category: Performing Arts

Masculinity In Contemporary Quality Television

Author : Michael Mario Albrecht
ISBN : 9781317099826
Genre : Social Science
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Recent years have seen a rise in the popularity and quantity of ’quality’ television programs, many of which featuring complicated versions of masculinity that are informed not only by the women’s movement of the sixties and seventies, but also by several decades of backlash and debate about the effects of women’s equality on men, masculinity, and the relationship between men and women. Drawing upon studies of contemporary television programs, including popular series viewed internationally such as Mad Men, The League, Hung, Breaking Bad, Louie, and Girls, this book explores the ways in which popular cultural texts address widely circulating discourses of the ostensible ’crisis of masculinity’ in contemporary culture. A rich study of masculinity and its representation in contemporary television, Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television will appeal to scholars and students of cultural and media studies, popular culture, television studies and cultural sociology with interests in gender, masculinities, and sexuality.
Category: Social Science