Cracks In The Pedestal

Cracks In The Pedestal

by Philip Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558491198

ISBN-13: 9781558491199

Pub. Date: 12/09/1997

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Distinguishing his own neo-Marxist approach from that of other media scholars, Philip Green pursues two interrelated themes. In the first part of the book, he looks at the strategies Hollywood has employed to deflect or absorb the ideological challenges posed by the feminist critique of contemporary American society. He demonstrates the ways in which mainstream movies…  See more details below

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Distinguishing his own neo-Marxist approach from that of other media scholars, Philip Green pursues two interrelated themes. In the first part of the book, he looks at the strategies Hollywood has employed to deflect or absorb the ideological challenges posed by the feminist critique of contemporary American society. He demonstrates the ways in which mainstream movies and television programs, no matter how unconventional or "subversive" they may appear, produce and reproduce familiar images of sexuality and gender identity. In the second part, Green highlights instances in which reproduction of the dominant ideology is less successful by examining several recent cinematic genres - the female action movie, the rape-revenge cycle, and the new film noir - that portray the real ambiguities of a social order in upheaval. As a male consumer of the cultural commodities being discussed, the author offers a perspective on American films and television different from that of most other feminist critics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491199
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
12/09/1997
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Ideology, Gender, and Visual Culture15
2Erasures32
3Ideological Destinies48
4Recuperating the Sexual Order77
5Media Structures and Dominant Ideas100
6Resistance and Opposition119
7"Put the Blame on Mame...": Ambivalence and Ambiguity139
8What the Male Gaze Sees: "Women You Don't Mess With"157
9What the Male Gaze Sees: The Wrath of the Medusa189
Notes213
Index249

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