Cool Men and the Second Sex

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Overview

Academic superstars Andrew Ross, Edward Said, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Bad boy filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, and Brian de Palma. What do these influential contemporary figures have in common? In Cool Men and the Second Sex, Susan Fraiman identifies them all with "cool masculinity" and boldly unpacks the gender politics of their work.

According to Fraiman, "cool men" rebel against a mainstream defined as maternal. Bad boys resist the authority of women and banish mothers to the realm of the uncool. As a result, despite their hipness — or because of it — these men too often feel free to ignore the insights of feminist thinkers. Through subtle close readings, Fraiman shows that even Gates, champion of black women's writing, and even queer theorists bent on undoing gender binaries, at times end up devaluing women in favor of men and masculinity.

A wide-ranging and fair-minded analysis, Cool Men acknowledges the invaluable contributions of its subjects while also deciphering the gender codes and baring the contradictions implicit in their work. Affirming the legacy of second-wave feminist scholars and drawing as well on the intersectional work of third-wavers, Cool Men helps to reinvent feminist critique for the twenty-first century.

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What People Are Saying

Phillip Brian Harper

Addressing recent key offerings in contemporary cinema as well as in critical race and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies, Susan Fraiman carefully demonstrates how women and femininity are implicitly derogated even in the most consciously progressive cultural work. Motivated by a time-honored ethic of left self-critique rather than simple iconoclasm, Fraiman engages emblematic figures in various fields in order to suggest that sexism continues to implicate us all, and that we all must accordingly recommit ourselves to combating sexism.

Phillip Brian Harper, New York University

Jane Gallop

A smart, lively, provocative work.... The chapters on Tarantino and Gates are absolutely brilliant: the writing is dazzling, the analysis powerful and completely persuasive. There were moments... that I felt like applauding.

Jane Gallop, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Robyn Wiegman

With wit, guts, and the kind of critical crankiness that can give left critique what it really needs, Susan Fraiman dissects the celebrity culture of academic masculine cool. Required reading for anyone unafraid of being abad girl!

Robyn Wiegman, Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke University and author of American Anatomies

Susan Gubar

Bad girls will cackle; good girls may cringe: a must-read for both! Susan Fraiman rounds up not the usual suspects, but some of the most influential stars on the cinematic and academic circuit for a rousing feminist critique.

Susan Gubar, Indiana University

Phillip Brian Harper
Addressing recent key offerings in contemporary cinema as well as in critical race and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies, Susan Fraiman carefully demonstrates how women and femininity are implicitly derogated even in the most consciously progressive cultural work. Motivated by a time-honored ethic of left self-critique rather than simple iconoclasm, Fraiman engages emblematic figures in various fields in order to suggest that sexism continues to implicate us all, and that we all must accordingly recommit ourselves to combating sexism.
Jane Gallop
A smart, lively, provocative work.... The chapters on Tarantino and Gates are absolutely brilliant: the writing is dazzling, the analysis powerful and completely persuasive. There were moments... that I felt like applauding.
Robyn Wiegman
With wit, guts, and the kind of critical crankiness that can give left critique what it really needs, Susan Fraiman dissects the celebrity culture of academic masculine cool. Required reading for anyone unafraid of being abad girl!
Susan Gubar
Bad girls will cackle; good girls may cringe: a must-read for both! Susan Fraiman rounds up not the usual suspects, but some of the most influential stars on the cinematic and academic circuit for a rousing feminist critique.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231129633
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Series: Gender and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Fraiman is professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development, also published by Columbia.

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Table of Contents

1.Quentin Tarantino: Anatomy of Cool2.Spike Lee and Brian De Palma: Scenarios of Race and Rape3.Edward Said: Gender, Culture, and Imperialism4.Andrew Ross: The Romance of the Bad Boy5.Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Figures in Black Masculinity6.Queer Theory and the Second SexPostscript: Doing the Right Thing

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