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Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth
     

Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth

by Frances Gateward (Contribution by), Murray Pomerance (Contribution by), Timothy Shary (Contribution by), Matthew Tinkcom (Contribution by), Christopher Ames (Contribution by)
 

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The development of young masculine sexuality is still a cultural taboo of sorts, and until now there has been little scholarship available that discusses aspects of boyhood and its relation to cinema—in particular, the process whereby masculinities are socially, historically, economically, aesthetically, and psychologically created in male coming-of-age as

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The development of young masculine sexuality is still a cultural taboo of sorts, and until now there has been little scholarship available that discusses aspects of boyhood and its relation to cinema—in particular, the process whereby masculinities are socially, historically, economically, aesthetically, and psychologically created in male coming-of-age as depicted onscreen. Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth scrutinizes a broad corpus of films about boyhood within a cross-genre, trans-historical, cross-authorial, and cross-cultural framework. Unlike the filmic investigations before it, this book is not restricted to examining boys as agents of violence, aggression, and withdrawal; or as routinely glossed agents of romance or victims of comedic ridicule.

Where the Boys Are is divided into three sections: Archetypes and Facades includes essays that examine historically central typifications of boyhood, the most accessible categories for seeing and understanding boy characters; essays in Bonds and Beautifications analyze the ways boys establish images of themselves and identify with one another in affiliation or love; and essays in Struggles and Redefinitions explore the way boys are depicted in film as aligning themselves in relation to people, forces, ideas, and situations. Using the most current and diverse critical methods, Where the Boys Are is a crucial resource for film scholars and students at any level, and is also the perfect companion to Gateward and Pomerance’s Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press, 2002).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814331156
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Murray Pomerance is professor and chair in the department of sociology at Ryerson University. He is co-editor with Frances Gateward of Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press, 2002). His other works include An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (State University of New York Press, 2004).

Frances Gateward teaches courses on film and popular culture in the unit for cinema studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is co-editor with Murray Pomerance of Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press, 2002) and also the editor of Zhang Yimou: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2001).

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