Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film by Michael G. Cornelius, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film

Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film

by Michael G. Cornelius
     
 

Few movie genres have highlighted the male body more effectively than the "sword-and-sandal" film, where the rippling torso and the bulging muscle are displayed for all to appreciate. Carrying his phallic sword and dressed in traditional garb calculated to bring attention to his magnificent physique, the sword and sandal hero is capable of toppling great nations,

Overview

Few movie genres have highlighted the male body more effectively than the "sword-and-sandal" film, where the rippling torso and the bulging muscle are displayed for all to appreciate. Carrying his phallic sword and dressed in traditional garb calculated to bring attention to his magnificent physique, the sword and sandal hero is capable of toppling great nations, rescuing heroines, defeating monsters, and generally saving the day. Each of these essays examines the issues of masculinity and utility addressed in the sword and sandal genre. The contributors offer insights on a film form which showcases its male protagonists as heroic, violent, fleshy, and, in the end, extremely useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786461622
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Michael G. Cornelius is an award-winning novelist and the author or editor of numerous scholarly works. He is the chair of English and Communications at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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