Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities

Gender, Genre, and Politics

Authors: Kord, Susanne, Krimmer, Elisabeth

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Kord and Krimmer investigate the most common male types - cops, killers, fathers, cowboys, superheroes, spies, soldiers, rogues, lovers, and losers - by tracing changing concepts of masculinity in popular Hollywood blockbusters from 1992 to 2008 - the Clinton and Bush eras - against a backdrop of contemporary political events, social developments, and popular American myths. Their in-depth analysis of over sixty films, from The Matrix and Iron Man to Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings, shows that movies, far from being mere entertainment, respond directly to today's social and political realities, from consumerism to "family values" to the War on Terror.

About the authors

Author Susanne Kord: Susanne Kord is Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies at University College London, UK. Author Elisabeth Krimmer: Elisabeth Krimmer is Professor of German, Performance Studies, and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, USA.

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A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012!

"An interesting work on the intersection of genre and masculinity in modern American film. . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above." - CHOICE

"This terrific book will be sure to provoke welcome and lively debate. Skillfully and ambitiously argued, both comprehensive and astutely attentive to the smallest telling detail, and as fair-minded toward its subject as it is rigorously probing, Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities is a valuable contribution to an emergent field. I have no doubt that it will quickly prove to be required reading." - David Greven, associate professor, Department of Literatures in English, Connecticut College and author of Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush and Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kord, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Lawlessness and Disorder: Cops and Other Serial Killers

    Kord, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 13-36

  • Fathers, Crises, and Nations

    Kord, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 37-60

  • Cowboys, Myths, and Audiences

    Kord, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 61-84

  • Superheroes, Leadership, And the War on Terror

    Kord, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 87-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities
Book Subtitle
Gender, Genre, and Politics
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Susanne Kord and Elisabeth Krimmer
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01621-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137016218
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33841-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34141-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-37283-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 280
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
Topics