Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth

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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, ...

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Overview

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).

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Bad boys and Hollywood hype : gendered conflict in juvenile delinquency films 21
2 Boys won't be boys : cross-gender masquerade and queer agency in Ma Vie en rose 41
3 Survival of the fattest : contending with the fat boy in children's ensemble films 61
4 Crazy from the heat : southern boys and coming of age 83
5 "Perfect childhoods" : Larry Clark puts boys onscreen 98
6 The beautiful English boy : Mark Lester and Oliver! 114
7 The man-boys of Steven Spielberg 133
8 In love and trouble : teenage boys and interracial romance 157
9 The "wee men" of Glasgow grow up : boyhood and urban space in Small faces 183
10 The boys' price in Martinique : visions of the Bildungsroman in Sugar cane alley 203
11 Portrait of the artist as a young boy : Francois Truffaut, Antoine Doinel, and the wild child 217
12 Out west : Gus Van Sant's My own private Idaho and the lost mother 233
13 Mamma's boy : counting on ghosts, sending smoke signals, and finding surrogate fathers in contemporary film 246
14 Slack, slacker, slackest : homosocial bonding practices in contemporary dude cinema 264
15 Pursuits of hapa-ness : Kip Fulbeck's boyhood among ghosts 279
16 Cinematic solutions to the truancy trend among Japanese boys 297
17 L.I.E., The believer, and the sexuality of the Jewish boy 316
18 The feminization and victimization of the African American athlete in Boyz N the hood, Cooley High, and Cornbread, Earl and me 333
19 Bombay boys : dissolving the male child in popular Hindi cinema 350
20 Jerkus interruptus : the terrible trials of masturbating boys in recent Hollywood cinema 377
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