Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood / Edition 1

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood / Edition 1

by Ina Rae Hark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814329187

ISBN-13: 9780814329184

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

From the Wizard of Oz to Lolita, from the Heathers to the Spice Girls, images of girlhood have been projected on the silver screen in myriad ways. Whether a girl is taught that "there is no place like home" or is seeking adventure on her own terms, whether she is a seductress or a nerd, a babysitter or a murderer, films have depicted society’s

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From the Wizard of Oz to Lolita, from the Heathers to the Spice Girls, images of girlhood have been projected on the silver screen in myriad ways. Whether a girl is taught that "there is no place like home" or is seeking adventure on her own terms, whether she is a seductress or a nerd, a babysitter or a murderer, films have depicted society’s problematic expectations of girls together with the dreams, anxieties, and tensions experience by girls themselves. In examining the construction of girlhood from many angles, this collection of essays not only captures the richness of meaning behind "girl films," but also explores the recent resurgence of youth-oriented cinema and the relationship of young female viewers to that medium.

The twenty essays approach to the construction of girlhood from a variety of perspectives, including reception, production, star images, and textual analyses, while exploring such topics as star power, the Riot Grrrl movement, coming of age, and loss of innocence. Among the characters given special attention are those in Gidget, Crooklyn, Titanic, Freeway and Girls Town. Written for general and academic readers, this work offers a lively, unprecedented discussion of gender in youth-oriented films.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814329184
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments11
Introduction13
1Moviegoing, "Home-leaving," and the Problematic Girl Protagonist of The Wizard of Oz25
2"Don't understand, my own darling": The Girl Grows Up in Shadow of a Doubt39
3Gidget Goes Hysterical55
4Girls on the Edge of the Reagan Era73
5Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket91
6Clueless in the Neocolonial World Order103
7Girlfriends and Girl Power: Female Adolescence in Contemporary U.S. Cinema125
8Performing Gender in Boys Don't Cry145
9Fille Fatale: Regulating Images of Adolescent Girls, 1962-1996163
10Maiden Voyage: From Edwardian Girl to Millennial Woman in Titanic183
11Pretty in Pink? John Hughes Reinscribes Daddy's Girl in Homes and Schools201
12Pleasures and Problems of the "Angry Girl"217
13The Nerdly Girl and Her Beautiful Sister235
14Maternity, Murder, and Monsters: Legends of Babysitter Horror253
15Bubblegum and Heavy Metal269
16The Pixel Visions of Sadie Benning285
17She's Murder: Pretty Poisons and Bad Seeds303
18'Til Death Do Us Part: Identity and Friendship in Heavenly Creatures323
19Too much of something is bad enough: Success and Excess in Spice World343
Contributors361
Index365

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