Masculinity: Bodies, Movies, Culture / Edition 1

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Lehman brings together new work on masculinity in film by established film scholars, new academics, performance artists, and cultural critics. The essays analyze trends from the role of gay men in saving heterosexuality to the emergence of new queer cinema.

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A masculinity studies pioneer convenes male and female cultural critics, film scholars, and performance artists who, in 17 essays, seek to lift taboos on the ways men's bodies and diverse sexualities are portrayed and perceived. Lehman (humanities, Arizona State U., Tempe) applies his concept of the "melodramatic penis" to recent films. Includes several b&w photos of film and stage performances and lynchings of African-American men for alleged intimacy with white women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415923248
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/2/2001
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 1,274,483
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lehman is Professor at Arizona State University at Tempe. He is the editor of Defining Cinema (1997) and the author of Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body (1993).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 "Someone Is Going to Pay": Resurgent White Masculinity in Ransom 7
2 Crying Over the Melodramatic Penis: Melodrama and Male Nudity in Films of the 90s 25
3 The Saviors and the Saved: Masculine Redemption in Contemporary Films 43
4 Identity, Queerness, and Homosocial Bonding: The Case of Swingers 51
5 Rape Fantasies: Hollywood and Homophobia 67
6 Choosing to Be "Not a Man": Masculine Anxiety in Nouri Bouzid's Rih Essed/Man of Ashes 81
7 T(he)-Man's Room: Masculinity and Space in Anthony Mann's T-Men 95
8 The Talented Poststructuralist: Heteromasculinity, Gay Artifice, and Class Passing 115
9 "Emotional Constipation" and the Power of Dammed Masculinity: Deliverance and the Paradoxes of Male Liberation 133
10 "As a Mother Cuddles a Child": Sexuality and Masculinity in World War II Combat Films 149
11 The Nation and the Nude: Colonial Masculinity and the Spectacle of the Male Body in Recent Canadian Cinema(s) 167
12 Lynching Photography and the "Black Beast Rapist" in the Southern White Masculine Imagination 193
13 Screening the Italian-American Male 213
14 "Studs Have Feelings Too": Warren Beatty and the Question of Star Discourse and Gender 227
15 James Bond's Penis 243
16 Oliver Stone's Nixon and the Unmanning of the Self-Made Man 257
17 Suck, Spit, Chew, Swallow: A Performative Exploration of Men's Bodies 279
Contributors 301
Index 305
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