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Masculinity and Film Performance Masculinity and Film Performance

Engaging study of the complex relationship between masculinity and performance, focusing on American film and popular culture of the 1990s and 2000s. Engaging study of the complex relationship between masculinity and performance, focusing on American film and popular culture of the 1990s and 2000s.
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Masculinity and Film Performance is a lively and engaging study of the complex relationship between masculinity and performance on and off screen. The book focuses on the performance of 'male angst' in American film and popular culture during the 1990s and 2000s. Building on theories of film acting, masculinity, performance and cultural studies, the book establishes a framework for studying screen masculinity and provides close analysis of a range of performers and performance styles. It also examines the specific social, cultural, historical and political contexts that have shaped and affected the performance of masculinity on screen, such as the ageing of the baby boom generation and the launch of Viagra onto the marketplace, the 'Iron John' and 'Wild Man' phenomenon, and the racially marked fatherhood crisis. Drawing from an array of illuminating film and actor case studies, including Bill Murray, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Will Smith, William H. Macy, Denzel Washington, Broken Flowers, Far From Heaven, Pleasantville, Magnolia and Wonder Boys, this book offers a significant contribution to the emerging field of screen performance studies and the burgeoning field of masculinity studies in film. Masculinity and Film Performance is a lively and engaging study of the complex relationship between masculinity and performance on and off screen. The book focuses on the performance of 'male angst' in American film and popular culture during the 1990s and 2000s. Building on theories of film acting, masculinity, performance and cultural studies, the book establishes a framework for studying screen masculinity and provides close analysis of a range of performers and performance styles. It also examines the specific social, cultural, historical and political contexts that have shaped and affected the performance of masculinity on screen, such as the ageing of the baby boom generation and the launch of Viagra onto the marketplace, the 'Iron John' and 'Wild Man' phenomenon, and the racially marked fatherhood crisis. Drawing from an array of illuminating film and actor case studies, including Bill Murray, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Will Smith, William H. Macy, Denzel Washington, Broken Flowers, Far From Heaven, Pleasantville, Magnolia and Wonder Boys, this book offers a significant contribution to the emerging field of screen performance studies and the burgeoning field of masculinity studies in film.

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SKU 9781137337726
Author(s) Donna Peberdy
Subtitle Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema
Product contents Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Being a Man Part I: Performance and Performers 1. Performance and Masculinity 2. Performing Angst Part II: Roles and Responsibilities 3. From Wimps to Wild Men: Bipolar Masculinity and the Paradoxical Performan
Publisher(s) Palgrave Macmillan
Format Paperback, Hardback
Original publication date 01/06/1996
Number of pages 232

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