Screening Genders: The American Science Fiction Film

Screening Genders: The American Science Fiction Film

by Krin Gabbard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813543398

ISBN-13: 9780813543390

Pub. Date: 05/30/2008

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Gender roles have been tested, challenged, and redefined everywhere during the past thirty years, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in film. Screening Genders is a lively and engaging introduction to the evolving representations of masculinity, femininity, and places once thought to be "in between."

The book begins with a general introduction

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Gender roles have been tested, challenged, and redefined everywhere during the past thirty years, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in film. Screening Genders is a lively and engaging introduction to the evolving representations of masculinity, femininity, and places once thought to be "in between."

The book begins with a general introduction that traces the movement of gender theory from the margins of film studies to its center. The ten essays that follow address a range of topics, including screen stars; depictions of gay, straight, queer, and transgender subjects; and the relationship between gender and genre. Widely respected scholars, including Robert T. Eberwein, Lucy Fischer, Chris Holmlund, E. Ann Kaplan, Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, David Lugowski, Patricia Mellencamp, Jerry Mosher, Jacqueline Reich, and Chris Straayer, focus on the radical ideological advances of contemporary cinema, as well as on those groundbreaking films that have shaped our ideas about masculinity and femininity, not only in movies but in American culture at large.

The first comprehensive overview of the history of gender theory in film, this book is an ideal text for courses and will serve as a foundation for further discussion among students and scholars alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813543390
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2008
Series:
Rutgers Depth of Field Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Krin Gabbard   William Luhr     1
The Subject of Gender
A History of Gender Theory in Cinema Studies   E. Ann Kaplan     15
Theory into Practice: En-Gendering Narrative in Magnolia   Lucy Fischer     29
Gendering Stars
Stars, Gender, and Nation: Marcello Mastroianni and Italian Masculinity   Jacqueline Reich     49
Wham! Bam! Pam!: Pam Grier as Hot Action Babe and Cool Action Mama   Chris Holmlund     61
Crisis and Fear at the Movies and in Life, or On Being as Old as My Grandmother   Patricia Mellencamp     78
Gay, Straight, Queer, and Beyond
Ginger Rogers and Gay Men? Queer Film Studies, Richard Dyer, and Diva Worship   David Lugowski     95
"As a Mother Cuddles a Child": Sexuality and Masculinity in World War II Combat Films   Robert T. Eberwein     111
Transgender Mirrors: Queering Sexual Difference   Chris Straayer     123
Gendering Genre
Hard Boiled and Soft Bellied: The Fat Heavy in Film Noir   Jerry Mosher     141
Comedy, Melodrama, and Gender: Theorizing the Genres of Laughter   Kathleen Rowe Karlyn     155
Works Cited     169
Contributors     181
Index     185

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