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Shadows of Doubt : Negotiations of Masculinity in American Genre Films - Barry Keith Grant

Shadows of Doubt

Negotiations of Masculinity in American Genre Films

Paperback Published: 15th November 2010
ISBN: 9780814334577
Number Of Pages: 246

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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.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Pistols and Stamens: Gender and Genre in D. W. Griffith's Broken Blossomsp. 13
Walking Small: W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, and the Emasculation of the American Comic Traditionp. 31
Cock and Bull Story: Howard Hawks's Red River, Professionalism, and the Westernp. 51
All Shook UP: The Classic Hollywood Musical, Male Desire, and the "Problem" of Rock 'n' Rollp. 71
Growing Up Absurd: Shtick Meets Teenpic in The Delicate Delinquentp. 89
"Cussers Last Stan'": Black Masculinity in The Cool Worldp. 105
Of Men and Monoliths: Science Fiction, Gender, and 2001: A Space Odysseyp. 119
Taking Back the Night of the Living Dead: George Romero, Feminism, and the Horror Filmp. 141
Rich and Strange: Economic Performance Anxiety and the Yuppie Horror Filmp. 155
Man's Favorite Sport? The Action Films of Kathryn Bigelowp. 173
Notesp. 195
Filmographyp. 217
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780814334577
ISBN-10: 0814334571
Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Television
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
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