Feminism at the Movies Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema

ISBN-10: 041589588X

ISBN-13: 9780415895880

Edition: 2012

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Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema, offers an overview of central issues in feminist film criticism by analyzing over twenty popular films produced in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The volume focuses primarily on issues of femininity, but also includes a section on portrayals of masculinity in the face of changing gender roles. Feminism at the Movies addresses such topics as the female director as auteur, fatherhood, consumer culture, depictions of professional women, sexuality, gendered violence, and the intersections of gender, race, and ethnic identities. The international feminist media scholars in this collection aim to show how gender is represented in a wide range of popular films, and through a wide variety of approaches, such as industry studies, queer studies, masculinity studies, psychoanalysis and poststructuralism. Each essay offers an analysis of a movie in a contemporary film genre, from chick flicks, teen pics, hommecoms, action adventure, "indie" flicks, and "women lawyer" films. Within their essays, many contributors explore not only the ways in which films portray gender identity, but also how popular films can act as a social force to influence gender politics in everyday life. Films discussed include: Casino Royale(2006), The Forty-Year Old Virgin(2005), A Single Man(2009), Transamerica(2005), Michael Clayton(2007), Marie Antoinette(2006), Bend It Like Beckham(2002), Miss Congeniality(2000), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(2005), Sex and the City: The Movie(2008), Enchanted(2007), Friends With Money(2006), Juno(2007), Baby Mama(2008), Bride Wars(2009), 13 Going on 30(2004), The Secret Life of Bees(2008), The Brave One(2007), Hard Candy(2005), and Haute Tension(2003). Contributors are American, Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand scholars from across disciplines including film studies, gender studies, legal studies, literature, media studies, philosophy, political studies, and women#xE2;#xAC;"s studies.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 9/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Hilary Radner is foundation professor of film and media studies at the University of Otago.

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Re-Vision"?: Feminist Film Criticism in the Twenty-first Century
Masculinity in Question
"The First Bond Who Bleeds, Literally and Metaphorically": Gendered Spectatorship for "Pretty Boy" Action Movies
Queer Memories and Universal Emotions: A Single Man (2009)
"Lad Flicks": Discursive Reconstructions of Masculinity in Popular Film
Transamerica (2005): The Road to the Multiplex after New Queer Cinema
New Feminine Subjects: A Space for Women?
Enchanted (2007) by Postfeminism: Gender, Irony, and the New Romantic Comedy
Neoliberal Femininity in Miss Congeniality (2000)
Girls' Sexualities in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Universe: Feminist Challenges and Missed Opportunities
Michael Clayton (2007): Women Lawyers Betrayed-Again
Crossing Race, Crossing Sex in Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham (2002): Managing Anxiety in Multicultural Britain
Speaking the Name of the Father in the Neo-Romantic Comedy: 13 Going On 30 (2004)
Consuming Culture(s)
No Country for Old Women: Gendering Cinema in Conglomerate Hollywood
Music and the Woman's Film: Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
Independence at What Cost? Economics and Female Desire in Nicole Holofcener's Friends With Money (2006)
The Feminist Poetics of Sofia Coppola: Spectacle and Self-Consciousness in Marie Antoinette (2006)
Relationships, Identity, and Family
"Eggs in Many Baskets": Juno (2007), Baby Mama (2008), and the New Intimacies of Reproduction
Temporarily Kissing Jessica Stein (2001): Negotiating (and Negating) Lesbian Sexuality in Popular Film
"Die, Bridezilla, Die!": Bride Wars (2009), Wedding Envy, and Chick Flicks
Extreme Parenting: Recuperating Fatherhood in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005)
Gender and Violence
Kinship and Racist Violence in Gina Prince-Bythewood's The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
From Victim to Vigilante: Gender, Violence, and Revenge in The Brave One (2007) and Hard Candy (2005)
"When the Woman Looks": Haute Tension (2003) and the Horrors of Heteronormativity
Contributors
Index
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