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Contemporary Cinema and 'Old Age'

Gender and the Silvering of Stardom

Authors: Dolan, Josephine

  • The first book to explore ‘old age’ in contemporary mainstream cinema through the audience/star/narrative triad
  • Takes its cue from the duality of silvering – economics and ageing
  • Explores formations of masculinity and femininity in contemporary cinema
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About this book

This book is the first to explore ‘old age’ in cinema at the intersection of gender, ageing, celebrity and genre studies. It takes its cue from the dual meanings of ‘silvering’ – economics and ageing – and explores shifting formulations of ‘old age’ and gender in contemporary cinema. Broad in its scope, the book establishes the importance of silver audiences to the survival of cinema exhibition while also forging connections between the pleasures of ‘old age’ films, consumer culture, the ‘economy of celebrity’ and the gendered silvering of stardom. The chapters examine gendered genres such as romantic comedies, action and heist movies, the prosthetics of costume, and CGI enabled age transformations. Through this analysis, Josephine Dolan teases out the different meanings of ageing masculinity and femininity offered in contemporary cinema. She identifies ageing femininity as the pathologised target of rejuvenation while masculine ageing is seen to enhance an enduring youthfulness. This book has interdisciplinary appeal and will engage scholars interested in ‘old age’ and gender representations in contemporary cinema.

About the authors

Josephine Dolan is an independent scholar, a Visiting Reader with WAM (Centre for Women, Ageing & Media) and member of ACT (Ageing+Communication+Technology), ENAS (European Network of Aging Studies) and NANAS (North American Network of Aging Studies). She is co-editor of Ageing Femininities: Troubling Representations (2012).

Reviews

“This bold feminist book extends the concept of “silvering” beyond the screen to include spinoffs, profits and style, to name a few of the new directions. Yoking the triumvirate of audience, star, and story, Dolan acknowledges but refuses to accept euphemism, offering sophisticated analysis and argument in refreshingly honest prose devoid of jargon. She provides a necessary intervention into taken-for-granted assumptions about successful aging and the management of so-called decline, putting much-needed pressure on the multiple resonances of the third and fourth age. The book gathers and builds upon an increasingly large scholarship on “old age” narrative films, reaching out of the cinema into a broader cultural field, including consumer practices that influence growing old in a youth-centric world.” (Sally Chivers, Professor of English and Gender & Women’s Studies, Trent University, Canada)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Concerns, Positions, Intersections

    Dolan, Josephine

    Pages 1-29

  • From the Silvering of Audiences to the Silver of Spin-Offs

    Dolan, Josephine

    Pages 31-69

  • The Silvering of Celebrity Stardom: Late-Style Icons and Brain Age(d) Gender

    Dolan, Josephine

    Pages 71-120

  • Performing Gender and ‘Old Age’: Silvering Beauty and Having a Laugh

    Dolan, Josephine

    Pages 121-169

  • The Silvering of Genre: Deferred Retirement and Hard-bodied Dissonance

    Dolan, Josephine

    Pages 171-202

Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58402-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 117,69 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58401-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Cinema and 'Old Age'
Book Subtitle
Gender and the Silvering of Stardom
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58402-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58402-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58401-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 258
Number of Illustrations
11 illustrations in colour
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