ISBN-10:
0786443057
ISBN-13:
9780786443055
Pub. Date:
07/14/2009
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs and Gentlemen: Essays on Media Images of Masculinity

Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs and Gentlemen: Essays on Media Images of Masculinity

by Elwood Watson

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Overview

Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs and Gentlemen: Essays on Media Images of Masculinity

With essays ranging in topic from the films of Neil LaBute to the sexual politics of Major League Baseball, this diverse collection of essays examines the multi-faceted media images of contemporary masculinity from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines. The book’s first half focuses on the issue of racialized masculinity and its various manifestations, with essays covering, among other topics, the re-imagining of Asian American masculinity in Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow and the ever-present image of black male buffoonery in the neo-minstrel performances of VH1’s Flavor of Love. The book’s second half explores the issue of contemporary mediated performance and the cultural politics of masculinity, with essays focusing on popular media representations of men in a variety of gendered roles, from homemakers and househusbands to valorous war heroes and athletic demigods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786443055
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/14/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elwood Watson is a professor of history and African American studies at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Introduction 1



PART I: RACIALIZED MEDIATED PERFORMANCE AND CONTEMPORARY MASCULINITY



1. The Dilemma of the Italian American Male

Marc DiPaolo 13

2. Patrick Bateman as “Average White Male” in American Psycho

Daniel Mudie Cunningham 40

3. Ambivalence, Desire and the Re-Imagining of Asian American Masculinity in Better Luck Tomorrow

Ruthann Lee 51

4. The Black Interior, Reparations and African American Masculinity in The Wiz

Jesse Scott 68

5. Flavor of Love and the Rise of Neo-Minstrelsy on Reality Television

Valerie Palmer-Mehta and Alina Haliliuc 85

6. Jungle Fever: Bold, Beautiful and Unnecessarily Maligned
Daryl A. Carter 106

7. Celebrity Culture and Racial Masculinities: The Case of Will Smith

David Magill 126



PART II: CONTEMPORARY MEDIATED PERFORMANCE AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF MASCULINITY



8. Constructions of Mathematical Masculinities in Popular Culture

Marie-Pierre Moreau, Heather Mendick and Debbie Epstein 141

9. Killing Off White Hegemonic Masculinity in Indian Killer

Jane E. Rose 157

10. Narrative’s Role in Constructing Masculinities in We Were Soldiers

Bradley Smith 180

11. Masculinity and Domesticity in A Home at the End of the World and Househusband

Helena Wahlstrom 196

12. Anxious Male Domesticity and Gender Troubled Corrections

Kristin Jacobson 216

13. Neil LaBute’s Bodies in Question

Marc Shaw 242

14. O.J. Simpson: Tabloidized, Sexualized, Racialized and Largely Despised

Elwood Watson 258

15. Major League Baseball and the Cultural Politics of Sexuality

Rachelle Sussman 277



About the Contributors 299

Index 303

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