Screening the Male

Screening the Male

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Screening the male re-examines the problematic status of masculinity 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. Feminist criticism has shown how difficult it is for the female viewer to resist becoming implicated in this representational system. But the theroies have overlooked the significance of the problem itself - of the masuline motivation at the core of the system. The essays here explore those male characters, spectators, and performers who occupy positions conventionally encoded as qfeminineq in Hollywood narrative and questions just how secure that orthodox male position is. Screening the Male brings together an impressive group of both established and emerging scholars from Britain, the United States and Australia unified by a concern with issues that film theorists have exclusively inked to the femninie and not the masculne: spectacle, masochism, passivity, masquerade and, most of all, the body as it signifies gendered, racial, class and generatonal differences.The descent that figures this particular spectacle (and looks forward to Dixa#39;s fatal plunge from a church window) suggests what Jean Baudrillard calls the a#39; superficial abyss. ... Their encounter with Dix is triggered by just such a paradox, when their car is exploded, This time Babe is caught and ... Off Limitsa#39;* self, defined project is to cross limits and realign loyalties especially germane to its Vietnam context).

Title:Screening the Male
Author:Steve Cohan, Ina Rae Hark
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-09-10


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