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Working Girls : Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema - Yvonne Tasker

Working Girls

Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema

Paperback Published: 9th April 1998
ISBN: 9780415140058
Number Of Pages: 244

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Working Girls investigates the thematic concerns of contemporary Hollywood cinema, and its ambivalent articulation of women as both active, and defined by sexual performance, asking whether new Hollywood cinema has responded to feminism and contemporary sexual identities.
Whether analysing the rise of films centred around female friendships, or the entrance of pop stars such as Whitney Houston and Madonna into film, Working Girls is an authoritative investigation of the presence of women both as film makers and actors in contemporary mainstream cinema.

"[Tasker's] insights are brilliant and compelling. She demonstrates conclusively that, although roles for women are still not plentiful, their representations are far more proactive than before the era of feminism. Another strength of the book is the writing: Tasker's style is accessible and elegant. This book is hard to put down. This reviewer finished it with a long list of films and shows to watch or rewatch. A must for every academic and public library." -"Choice, 3/99

Introduction: Bad Girls and Working Girls in the 'New Hollywood'
Crossdressing, Aspiration and Transformation
Cowgirl Tales
Action Women: Muscles, Mothers and Others
Investigating Women: Work, Criminality and Sexuality
New Hollywood, New Film Noir and the Female Fatale
Female Friendship: Melodrama, Romance, Feminism
Performance and Production
Comedy and Authority
Music, Video, Cinema: Singers and Movie Stars
Performers and Producers
Notes and References Filmography
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ISBN: 9780415140058
ISBN-10: 0415140056
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 9th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1