Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush

Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush

by David Greven
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292719876

ISBN-13: 9780292719873

Pub. Date: 12/07/2009

Publisher: University of Texas Press

A struggle between narcissistic and masochistic modes of manhood defined Hollywood masculinity in the period between the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. David Greven's contention is that a profound shift in representation occurred during the early 1990s when Hollywood was transformed by an explosion of films that foregrounded non-normative

Overview

A struggle between narcissistic and masochistic modes of manhood defined Hollywood masculinity in the period between the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. David Greven's contention is that a profound shift in representation occurred during the early 1990s when Hollywood was transformed by an explosion of films that foregrounded non-normative gendered identity and sexualities. In the years that have followed, popular cinema has either emulated or evaded the representational strategies of this era, especially in terms of gender and sexuality.
One major focus of this study is that, in a great deal of the criticism in both the fields of film theory and queer theory, masochism has been positively cast as a form of male sexuality that resists the structures of normative power, while narcissism has been negatively cast as either a regressive sexuality or the bastion of white male privilege. Greven argues that narcissism is a potentially radical mode of male sexuality that can defy normative codes and categories of gender, whereas masochism, far from being radical, has emerged as the default mode of a traditional normative masculinity. This study combines approaches from a variety of disciplines--psychoanalysis, queer theory, American studies, men's studies, and film theory--as it offers fresh readings of several important films of the past twenty years, including Casualties of War, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club, The Passion of the Christ, Auto Focus, and Brokeback Mountain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292719873
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
12/07/2009
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction When Hollywood Masculinity Became Self-Aware

Chapter One Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush

Chapter Two An Ill-Fated Bacchanal: Casualties of War and the Horror of the Homosocial

Chapter Three Male Medusas and Female Heroes: Fetishism and Ambivalence in The Silence of the Lambs

Chapter Four The Hollywood Man Date: Split Masculinity and the Double-Protagonist Film

Chapter Five Destroying Something Beautiful: Narcissism, Male Violence, and the Homosocial in Fight Club

Chapter Six
"Am I Blue?" Vin Diesel and Multiracial Male Sexuality

Chapter Seven The Devil Wears Abjection: The Passion of the Christ

Chapter Eight Narcissus Transfigured: Brokeback Mountain

Epilogue The Reign of Masochism

Notes Bibliography Index

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