In Shadows of Doubt: Negotiations of Masculinity in American Genre Films, Barry Keith Grant questions the idea that Hollywood movies reflect moments of crisis in the dominant image of masculinity. Arguing instead that part of the mythic function of genre movies is to offer audiences an ongoing dialogue on issues of gender, Grant explores a wide range of genre films, including comedies, musicals, horror, science fiction, westerns, teen movies, and action films.
In ten chapters arranged chronologically according to the films discussed, Grant provides a series of close analyses of such disparate films such as Broken Blossoms, The Fatal Glass of Beer, Red River, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Night of the Living Dead, and The Hurt Locker to demonstrate that representations of masculinity in the movies involve a continuous process of ideological testing and negotiation. While some of the films considered offer important challenges to dominant representations of masculinity, others reveal an acceptance or capitulation to them.
Always attentive to the details of individual film texts, Grant also places the genre films he discusses within their historical contexts and the broader contexts and traditions of popular culture that inform them, including literature, theater, and music. Scholars of film and television studies as well as readers interested in gender studies will appreciate Shadows of Doubt.
|Pistols and Stamens: Gender and Genre in D. W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms||p. 13|
|Walking Small: W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, and the Emasculation of the American Comic Tradition||p. 31|
|Cock and Bull Story: Howard Hawks's Red River, Professionalism, and the Western||p. 51|
|All Shook UP: The Classic Hollywood Musical, Male Desire, and the "Problem" of Rock 'n' Roll||p. 71|
|Growing Up Absurd: Shtick Meets Teenpic in The Delicate Delinquent||p. 89|
|"Cussers Last Stan'": Black Masculinity in The Cool World||p. 105|
|Of Men and Monoliths: Science Fiction, Gender, and 2001: A Space Odyssey||p. 119|
|Taking Back the Night of the Living Dead: George Romero, Feminism, and the Horror Film||p. 141|
|Rich and Strange: Economic Performance Anxiety and the Yuppie Horror Film||p. 155|
|Man's Favorite Sport? The Action Films of Kathryn Bigelow||p. 173|
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Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th November 2010
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24 x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.41