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Generation Multiplex The Image of Youth in Contemporary American Cinema

ISBN-10: 029277771X
ISBN-13: 9780292777712
Edition: 2002
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Description: " Generation Multiplex represents an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between youth and the mass media, in this case movies. From both a personal and a professional perspective, I welcome this work which builds on  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

" Generation Multiplex represents an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between youth and the mass media, in this case movies. From both a personal and a professional perspective, I welcome this work which builds on themes and issues I addressed in The Cinema of Adolescence in 1985." from the Foreword When teenagers began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed. Multiplex theaters offered teens a wide array of perspectives on the coming-of-age experience, as well as an escape into the alternative worlds of science fiction and horror. Youth films remained a popular and profitable genre through the 1990s, offering teens a place to reflect on their evolving identities from adolescence to adulthood while simultaneously shaping and maintaining those identities. Drawing examples from hundreds of popular and lesser-known youth-themed films, Timothy Shary here offers a comprehensive examination of the representation of teenagers in American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He focuses on five subgenresschool, delinquency, horror, science, and romance/sexualityto explore how they represent teens and their concerns, how these representations change over time, and how youth movies both mirror and shape societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles. He concludes that while some teen films continue to exploit various notions of youth sexuality and violence, most teen films of the past generation have shown an increasing diversity of adolescent experiences and have been sympathetic to the particular challenges that teens face.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Cinematic Image of Youth
Social Representation and Genre Analysis
The Study of Youth, In and Out of Movies
Youth in School: Academics and Attitude
Trends in the Subgenre
Schoolkids
Delinquents and Their Avenues of Anger
Resisting Rebels
The Labor of Being Popular
The Sensitive Athlete
Conclusion
Delinquent Youth: Having Fun, On the Loose, In Trouble
Trends in the Subgenre
Delinquent Styles
Deviant Dancing
Natural Encounters
Patriotic Purpose
Tough Girls
The African American Crime Drama
Conclusion
The Youth Horror Film: Slashers and the Supernatural
Historical Context of the Youth Horror Subgenre
Trends in the Subgenre
Research on the Youth Horror Film
Styles of the Youth Horror Film
The Slasher/Stalker Film
Supernatural Movies
Conclusion
Youth and Science: Technology, Computers, Games
The Three Dimensions
Simple Science
Games and Computers
Conclusion
Youth in Love and Having Sex
Contexts and Trends
Patterns and Images
Youth in Love
Youth Having Sex
Conclusion
Conclusion: Youth Cinema at the Millennium
Filmography of Youth Films, 1980 -2001
Subjective Superlative Lists
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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