Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema (Livre numérique Google)

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Routledge, 2 oct. 2012 - 220 pages
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While films such as Rambo, Thelma and Louise and Basic Instinct have operated as major points of cultural reference in recent years, popular action cinema remains neglected within contemporary film criticism.
Spectacular Bodies unravels the complexities and pleasures of a genre often dismissed as `obvious' in both its pleasure and its politics, arguing that these controversial films should be analysed and understood within a cinematic as well as a political context.
Yvonne Tasker argues that today's action cinema not only responds to the shifts in gendered, sexual and racial identities which took place during the 1980s, but reflects the influences of other media such as the new video culture. Her detailed discussion of the homoeroticism surrounding the muscleman hero, the symbolic centrality of blackness within the crime narrative, and the changing status of women within the genre, addresses the constitution of these identities through the shifting categories of gender, class, race, sex, sexuality and nation. Spectacular Bodies also examines the ambivalence of supposedly secure categories of popular cinema, questioning the existing terms of film criticism in this area and addressing the complex pleasures of this neglected form.
  

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Table des matières

WOMEN WARRIORS Gender sexuality and Hollywoods fighting heroines
14
BLACK BUDDIES AND WHITE HEROES Racial discourse in the action cinema
35
NEW HOLLYWOOD GENRE AND THE ACTION CINEMA
54
TOUGH GUYS AND WISEGUYS Masculinities and star images in the action cinema
73
MASCULINITY POLITICS AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
91
THE BODY IN CRISIS OR THE BODY TRIUMPHANT?
109
ACTION HEROINES IN THE 1980s The limits of musculinity
132
THE CINEMA AS EXPERIENCE Kathryn Bigelow and the cinema of spectacle
153
NOTES
167
FILMOGRAPHY
178
BIBLIOGRAPHY
186
INDEX
191
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À propos de l'auteur (2012)

Yvonne Tasker is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of "Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema" (1998) and "Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema "(1983).

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