Impossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies / Edition 1

Impossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies / Edition 1

by Christine Holmlund
     
 

Impossible Bodies investigates issues of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Hollywood. Examining stars from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood, to Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Lopez, Holmlund focuses on actors whose physique or appearance marks them as unusual or exceptional, and yet who occupy key and revealing positions in today's

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Impossible Bodies investigates issues of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Hollywood. Examining stars from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood, to Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Lopez, Holmlund focuses on actors whose physique or appearance marks them as unusual or exceptional, and yet who occupy key and revealing positions in today's mainstream cinema. Exploring a range of genres and considering both stars and their sidekicks, Holmlund examines ways in which Hollywood accommodates - or doesn't - a variety of 'impossible' bodies, from the 'outrageous' physiques of Dolph Lundgren and Dolly Parton, to the almost-invisible bodies of Asian-Americans, Latinas and older actors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415185769
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Comedia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Impossible bodies, compromised positions1
Pt. IGesturing toward genres13
1Visible difference and flex appeal: The body, sex, sexuality and race in the Pumping Iron films15
2When is a lesbian not a lesbian? The lesbian continuum and the mainstream femme film31
3Nouveaux westerns for the 1990s: Genre offshoots, audience reroutes51
Pt. IISiding with sidekicks69
4Cruisin' for a bruisin': Hollywood's deadly (lesbian) dolls71
5Swede as "Other"91
6Latinas in La-La Land: From bit part to starlet in "indie" and mainstream films109
Pt. IIIStaring at stars123
7Channeling desire, making Whoopi125
8The aging Clint141
9Marketing Dolly dialectics: "The Sky is Green, the Grass is Blue"157
Notes171
Filmography207
Selected bibliography213
Index225

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