Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs and Gentlemen: Essays on Media Images of Masculinity

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Overview

With essays ranging in topic from the films of Neil LaBute to the sexual politics of Major League Baseball, this diverse collection of essays examines the multi-faceted media images of contemporary masculinity from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines. The book's first half focuses on the issue of racialized masculinity and its various manifestations, with essays covering, among other topics, the re-imagining of Asian American masculinity in Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow and the ever-present image of black male buffoonery in the neo-minstrel performances of VH1's Flavor of Love. The book's second half explores the issue of contemporary mediated performance and the cultural politics of masculinity, with essays focusing on popular media representations of men in a variety of gendered roles, from homemakers and househusbands to valorous war heroes and athletic demigods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786443055
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elwood Watson is a professor of history and African American studies at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Racialized Mediated Performance and Contemporary Masculinity

1 The Dilemma of the Italian American Male Marc Dipaolo 13

2 Patrick Bateman as "Average White Male" in American Psycho Daniel Mudie Cunningham 40

3 Ambivalence, Desire and the Re-Imagining of Asian American Masculinity in Better Luck Tomorrow Ruthann Lee 51

4 The Black Interior, Reparations and African American Masculinity in The Wiz Jesse Scott 68

5 Flavor of Love and the Rise of Neo-Minstrelsy on Reality Television Valerie Palmer-Mehta Alina Haliliuc 85

6 Jungle Fever: Bold, Beautiful and Unnecessarily Maligned Daryl A. Carter 106

7 Celebrity Culture and Racial Masculinities: The Case of Will Smith David Magill 126

Part II Contemporary Mediated Performance and the Cultural Politics of Masculinity

8 Constructions of Mathematical Masculinities in Popular Culture Marie-Pierre Moreau Heather Mendick Debbie Epstein 141

9 Killing Off White Hegemonic Masculinity in Indian Killer Jane E. Rose 157

10 Narrative's Role in Constructing Masculinities in We Were Soldiers Bradley Smith 180

11 Masculinity and Domesticity in A Home at the End of the World and Househusband Helena Wahlstrom 196

12 Anxious Male Domesticity and Gender Troubled Corrections Kristin Jacobson 216

13 Neil LaBute's Bodies in Question Marc Shaw 242

14 O.J. Simpson: Tabloidized, Sexualized, Racialized and Largely Despised Elwood Watson 258

15 Major League Baseball and the Cultural Politics of Sexuality Rachelle Sussman 277

About the Contributors 299

Index 303

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