The father is one of the central figures of Hollywood narrative. Despite this, this is the first book to examine cinematic representations of the father. Bringing Up Daddy offers a broad perspective on the Hollywood dad looking at important Hollywood fathers from World War II to the present and discusses films from a variety of genres.
The book looks at films decade by decade and adopts a multifaceted theoretical approach, making use of psychoanalysis, sociology and masculinity studies and contextualising the father figure within both Hollywood and American history.
Key films include: Since You Went Away, Teresa, The Search, Father of the Bride, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Home from the Hill, Cape Fear, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, The Great Santini, Kramer vs. Kramer, Ordinary People, Die Hard, Terminator, Three Men and a Baby, Boyz n the Hood, Magnolia, Happiness and American Beauty. In its treatment of the father this unique study discusses why the father is such a seminal character in so many narratives and what he has come to symbolise and represent.
Fatherhood and Masculinity in Postwar Hollywood
<p>Chapter Headings; 1. Since You Went Away: Fatherhood, Change and the Second World War; 2. The Age of the Patriarch: Fathers, Generation and Traditionalism in the 1950s; 3. Revolution and Feminist Unrest: Fatherhood Under Attack in the 1960s and 1970s;