Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in the Hollywood Cinema
Screening the Male re-examines the problematic status of masulinity both in Hollywood cinema and feminist film theory. Classical Hollywood cinema has ... Show synopsis 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 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.