Screening the Male re-examines the problematic status of masulinity both in Hollywood cinema and feminist film theory. Classical Hollywood cinema has been theoretically established as a vast pleasure machine, manufacturing an idealized viewer through its phallocentric ideological apparatus. Feminst criticism has shown how difficult it is for the ...Read MoreScreening the Male re-examines the problematic status of masulinity both in Hollywood cinema and feminist film theory. Classical Hollywood cinema has been theoretically established as a vast pleasure machine, manufacturing an idealized viewer through its phallocentric ideological apparatus. Feminst criticism has shown how difficult it is for the female viewer to resist becoming implicated in this representational system. But the theories have overlooked the significance of the problem itself - of the masculine motivation at the core of the system. Little attention has been paid to the problems arising from the easily recognized masculine norm equated with activity, voyeurism, sadism, fetishism and story, set alongside the female subject, associated with passivity, exhibitionism, masochism, narcissism and spectacle. In this scheme the power, stability and wholeness of masculine subjectivity seems unquestioned and universal, but the essays here explore those male characters, spectators, and performers who occupy positions conventionally encoded as feminine in Hollywood narrative and questions just how secure that orthodox male position is.Read Less
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Extremely gentle wear to spine foot & head, barely rubbed corners, blue ink ownership signature to title page, else very good+ to near fine(-). exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema. Large red octavo (black spine); x, 272 p, b&w illus; 25 cm. Film; Men; Sexuality. || Contents: Prologue: masculinity as spectacle: reflections on men and mainstream cinema / Steve Neale--Valentino, 'optic intoxication, ' and dance madness / Gaylyn Studlar--'Feminizing' the song-and-dance man: Fred Astaire and the spectacle of masculinity in the Hollywood musical / Steven Cohan--Mama's boy: filial hysteria in White heat / Lucy Fischer--The dialectic of female power and male hysteria in Play Misty for me / Adam Knee--'Don't blame this on a girl': female rape-revenge films / Peter Lehman--Dark desires: male masochism in the horror film / Barbara Creed--'More human than I am alone': womb envy in David Cronenberg's The fly and Dead ringers / Helen W. Robbins--Animals or Romans: looking at masculinity in Spartacus / Ina Rae Hark--Feminism, 'the boyz, ' and other matters regarding the male / Robyn Wiegman--The buddy politic / Cynthia J. Fuchs, Masculinity as multiple masquerade: the 'mature' Stallone and the Stallone clone / Chris Holmlund--Dumb movies for dumb people: masculinity, the body, and the voice in contemporary action cinema / Yvonne Tasker--Can masculinity be terminated? / Susan Jeffords.
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