Where the Boys are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth

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Murray Pomerance, Frances K. Gateward, Frances Gateward
Wayne State University Press, 2005 - 421 էջ

The development of young masculine sexuality is still a cultural taboo of sorts, and until now there has been little scholarship available that discusses aspects of boyhood and its relation to cinema—in particular, the process whereby masculinities are socially, historically, economically, aesthetically, and psychologically created in male coming-of-age as depicted onscreen. Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth scrutinizes a broad corpus of films about boyhood within a cross-genre, trans-historical, cross-authorial, and cross-cultural framework. Unlike the filmic investigations before it, this book is not restricted to examining boys as agents of violence, aggression, and withdrawal; or as routinely glossed agents of romance or victims of comedic ridicule.

Where the Boys Are is divided into three sections: Archetypes and Facades includes essays that examine historically central typifications of boyhood, the most accessible categories for seeing and understanding boy characters; essays in Bonds and Beautifications analyze the ways boys establish images of themselves and identify with one another in affiliation or love; and essays in Struggles and Redefinitions explore the way boys are depicted in film as aligning themselves in relation to people, forces, ideas, and situations. Using the most current and diverse critical methods, Where the Boys Are is a crucial resource for film scholars and students at any level, and is also the perfect companion to Gateward and Pomerance’s Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press, 2002).

 

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Archetypes and Facades
9
Bonds and Beatifications
13
Gendered Conflict
21
CrossGender Masquerade
41
Contending with the Fat
61
Southern Boys
83
Larry Clark
98
Mark Lester and Oliver
114
Francois Truffaut
217
Gus Van Sants My Own Private Idaho
233
Counting on Ghosts Sending Smoke
246
Homosocial Bonding Practices
264
Struggles and Redefinitions
277
Cinematic Solutions to the Truancy Trend
297
The Feminization and Victimization of the African
333
Dissolving the Male Child
350

The ManBoys of Steven Spielberg
133
Teenage Boys
157
Boyhood
183
Visions
203
The Terrible Trials
377
Contributors
395
Index
401
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Murray Pomerance is professor and chair in the department of sociology at Ryerson University. He is co-editor with Frances Gateward of Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press, 2002). His other works include An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (State University of New York Press, 2004).

Frances Gateward teaches courses on film and popular culture in the unit for cinema studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is co-editor with Murray Pomerance of Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press, 2002) and also the editor of Zhang Yimou: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2001).

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