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Masked Men : Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties - Steve Cohan

Masked Men

Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties

Paperback Published: 22nd December 1997
ISBN: 9780253211279
Number Of Pages: 376

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The fifties marks the moment when a heterosexual/homosexual dualism came to dominate U.S. culture's thinking about masculinity. The films of this era record how gender and sexuality did not easily come together in a normative manhood common to American men. Instead these films demonstrate the widely held perception of a crises of masculinity. Masked Men documents how movies of the fifties represented masculinity as a multiple masquerade. Hollywood's star system positioned the male actor as a professional performer and as a body intended to solicit the erotic interest of male and female viewers alike. Drawing on publicity, poster art, fan magazines, and the popular press as a means of following the links between fifties stars, their films, and the social tensions of the period, Cohan juxtaposes Hollywood's narratives of masculinity against the personae of leading men like Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, William Holden, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, and Rock Hudson. Masked Men focuses on the gender and sexual masquerades that organized their performances of masculinity on and off screen.

The Spy in the Gray Flannel Suitp. 1
The "Paradox" of Hegemonic Masculinityp. 34
Tough Guys Make the Best Psychopathsp. 79
The Age of the Chestp. 164
Why Boys Are Not Menp. 201
The Bachelor in the Bedroomp. 264
Epilogue: Who Was That Masked Man?p. 304
Notesp. 313
Select Filmographyp. 321
Works Citedp. 323
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780253211279
ISBN-10: 0253211271
Series: Arts and Politics of the Everyday
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 22nd December 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53