Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in American Cinema after 1980

Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in American Cinema after 1980

by Timothy Shary

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Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in American Cinema after 1980 by Timothy Shary

Generation Multiplex (2002) was the first comprehensive study of the representation of teenagers in American cinema since David Considine's Cinema of Adolescence in 1985. This updated and expanded edition reaffirms the idea that films about youth constitute a legitimate genre worthy of study on its own terms. Identifying four distinct subgenres—school, delinquency, horror, and romance—Timothy Shary explores hundreds of representative films while offering in-depth discussion of movies that constitute key moments in the genre, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Breakfast Club, Say Anything . . . , Boyz N the Hood, Scream, American Pie, Napoleon Dynamite, Superbad, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games. Analyzing developments in teen films since 2002, Shary covers such topics as the increasing availability of movies on demand, which has given teens greater access to both popular and lesser-seen films; the recent dominance of supernatural and fantasy films as a category within the genre; and how the ongoing commodification of teen images in media affects real-life issues such as school bullying, athletic development, sexual identity, and teenage pregnancy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292756625
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Timothy Shary is the author of Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen, coeditor with Alexandra Seibel of Youth Culture in Global Cinema, and editor of Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema. An independent scholar with a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Massachusetts, he has been a film studies professor at Clark University and the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Millsboro, Delaware.

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephen Tropiano



Chapter 1. Introduction: The Cinematic Image of Youth

Social Representation and Genre Theory

The Study of Youth, In and Out of Movies

Chapter 2. Youth in School: Academics and Attitude

Contexts and Trends in the Subgenre

School Kids

Transforming the Nerd

Delinquents and Their Avenues of Anger

Resisting Rebels

The Labor of Being Popular

The Sensitive Athlete


Chapter 3. Delinquent Youth: Having Fun, on the Loose, in Trouble

Contexts and Trends in the Subgenre

Delinquent Styles

Deviant Dancing

Natural Encounters

Tough Girls

Crime Until 1999

Crime after Columbine


Chapter 4. The Youth Horror Film: Slashers and the Supernatural

Contexts and Trends in the Subgenre

Horror Stories

The Slasher/Stalker Film

Supernatural Movies


Chapter 5. Youth Romance: Falling in Love and the Fallout of Sex

Contexts and Trends in the Subgenre

From Adolescent Ardor to Juggling Gender

Family Matters


Losing Virginity

Being Queer



Chapter 6. Conclusion: Youth Cinema into a New Century

Afterword: Imagine Becoming Someone Catherine Driscoll

Appendix A. Filmography of Youth Films, 1980–2013

Appendix B. Subjective Superlative Lists




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