Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema

Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema

by Hilary Radner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 041589588X

ISBN-13: 9780415895880

Pub. Date: 10/11/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema, offers an overview of central issues in feminist film criticism by analyzing over twenty popular films produced in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The volume focuses primarily on issues of femininity, but also includes a section on portrayals of masculinity

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Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema, offers an overview of central issues in feminist film criticism by analyzing over twenty popular films produced in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The volume focuses primarily on issues of femininity, but also includes a section on portrayals of masculinity in the face of changing gender roles. Feminism at the Movies addresses such topics as the female director as auteur, fatherhood, consumer culture, depictions of professional women, sexuality, gendered violence, and the intersections of gender, race, and ethnic identities.

The international feminist media scholars in this collection aim to show how gender is represented in a wide range of popular films, and through a wide variety of approaches, such as industry studies, queer studies, masculinity studies, psychoanalysis and poststructuralism. Each essay offers an analysis of a movie in a contemporary film genre, from chick flicks, teen pics, hommecoms, action adventure, "indie" flicks, and "women lawyer" films. Within their essays, many contributors explore not only the ways in which films portray gender identity, but also how popular films can act as a social force to influence gender politics in everyday life.

Films discussed include: Casino Royale (2006), The Forty-Year Old Virgin (2005), A Single Man (2009), Transamerica (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Marie Antoinette (2006), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Miss Congeniality (2000), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), Sex and the City: The Movie (2008), Enchanted (2007), Friends With Money (2006), Juno (2007), Baby Mama (2008), Bride Wars (2009), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), The Brave One (2007), Hard Candy (2005), and Haute Tension (2003). Contributors are American, Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand scholars from across disciplines including film studies, gender studies, legal studies, literature, media studies, philosophy, political studies, and women’s studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415895880
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Re-Vision"?: Feminist Film Criticism in the Twenty-first Century, Hilary Radner and Rebecca Stringer

I. Masculinity in Question

1. "The First Bond Who Bleeds, Literally and Metaphorically": Gendered Spectatorship for ‘Pretty Boy’ Action Movies, Janet Staiger

2. Queer Memories and Universal Emotions: A Single Man (2009), Michael DeAngelis

3. "Lad Flicks": Discursive Reconstructions of Masculinity in Popular Film, David Hansen-Miller and Rosalind Gill

4. Transamerica (2005): The Road to the Multiplex after New Queer Cinema, Gary Needham

II. New Feminine Subjects: A Space for Women?

5. Enchanted (2007) by Postfeminism, Yvonne Tasker

6. Neoliberal Femininity in Miss Congeniality (2000), Yael D Sherman

7. Girls’ Sexualities in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Universe: Feminist Challenges and Missed Opportunities, Sarah Projansky

8. Michael Clayton (2007): Women Lawyers Betrayed - Again, Taunya Lovell Banks

9. Crossing Race, Crossing Sex in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham (2002): Managing Anxiety in Multicultural Britain, Mridula Nath Chakraborty

10. Speaking the Name of the Father in the Neo-Romantic Comedy: 13 Going On 30 (2004), Hilary Radner

III. Consuming Culture(s)

11. No Country for Old Women: Gendering Cinema in Conglomerate Hollywood, Rob Schaap

12. Music and the Woman’s Film: Sex and the City: The Movie (2008), Peter Stapleton

13. Independence at What Cost? Economics and Female Desire in Nicole Holofcener’s Friends With Money (2006), Michele Schreiber

14. The Feminist Poetics of Sophia Coppola: Spectacle and Self-Consciousness in Marie Antoinette (2006), Christina Lane and Nicole Richter

IV. Relationships, Identity and Family

15. "Eggs in Many Baskets": Juno (2007), Baby Mama (2008) and the New Intimacies of Reproduction, Jane Maree Maher

16. Temporarily Kissing Jessica Stein (2001): Negotiating (and Negating) Lesbian Sexuality in Popular Film, Kelly Kessler

17. "Die, Bridezilla, Die!": Bride Wars (2009), Wedding Envy and Chick Flicks, Heather Brook

18. Extreme Parenting: Recuperating Fatherhood in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (2005), Hannah Hamad

V. Gender and Violence

19. Kinship and Racist Violence in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Ewa Ziarek

20. From Victim to Vigilante: Gender, Violence and Revenge in The Brave One (2007) and Hard Candy (2005), Rebecca Stringer

21. "When the Woman Looks": High Tension (2003) and the Horrors of Heteronormativity, Barry Keith Grant

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