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All That Hollywood Allows

Author : Jackie Byars
ISBN : 9781134910809
Genre : Performing Arts
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All that Hollywood Allows explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s. Both a work of feminist film criticism and theory and an analysis of popular culture, this provocative book examines from a cultural studies perspective top-grossing film melodramas, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here to Eternity, East of Eden, Imitation of Life and Picnic. Stereotypically viewed as a complacent and idyllic time, the 1950s were actually a time of dislocation and great social change. Jackie Byars argues that mass media texts of the period, especially films, provide evidence of society's consuming preoccupation with the domestic sphere - the nuclear family and its values - and she shows how Hollywood melodramas interpreted and extended societal debates concerning family structure, sexual divisions of labour, and gender roles. Her readings of these films assess a variety of critical methodologies and approaches to textual analysis, some central to feminist film studies and some previously bypassed by scholars in the field.

Kommunikationswissenschaft Und Gender Studies

Author : Elisabeth Klaus
ISBN : 9783322803863
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Die unter den Themenbereichen "Rezeption, Repräsentation und Genre", "Berufsfelder: Journalismus und Public Relations", "Alte und Neue Medien in der Anwendung" versammelten Beiträge namhafter Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaftlerinnen zeigen wie differenziert sich die kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Gender Studies entwickelt haben und thematisieren ihre weiteren Perspektiven. Weil sich die einzelnen Aufsätze mit wichtigen Kategorien und zentralen Prämissen der Kommunikationswissenschaft auseinandersetzen, liefert der Band Grundlagen für eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der Kommunikationswissenschaft, aber auch für Überlegungen zu einem produktiven Miteinander.

Broken Men

Author : Kathrin Mädler
ISBN : 9783741000393
Genre : Social Science
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Gibt es eine Krise der Männlichkeit und wie zeigt sie sich in aktuellen Hollywood-Filmen? Die Autorin greift Überlegungen zu diesem Thema auf und stellt anhand der Analyse der Filme American Beauty, The Shipping News, Magnolia, Mystic River und Boys Don't Cry die Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion von Männlichkeit und Gender im Genre des Melodramas dar. Die Grenzen zwischen den Geschlechtern verwischen zusehends. Männlichkeit als performatives Konstrukt tritt an Stelle des weiblichen Subjets in den Identitätskonflikt im Melodrama ein. Männlichkeit wird daher immer öfter zum Diskussionsgegenstand. Diese Problemstellungen werden in den angeführten Hollywoodfilmen thematisiert und spiegeln so die tatsächliche gesellschaftliche Aktualität des Themas wieder.

Oh Mama Stop Acting

Author : Stefan Krause
ISBN : 9783640629350
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Sonstiges, Note: 1,0, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena (Institut fur Kunstgeschichte), Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar "Stillstand und Bewegung - Fotografie und Film," Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: Kommentar des Dozenten: Ausgezeichnet! Genau analysiert und theoret. reflektiert. Reichhaltige Literatur!, Abstract: Mit einem gellenden No!" sinkt Lora Merediths Oberkorper auf Annie Johnsons Bett und eine Grossaufnahme lasst nach dem Verschwinden aller Menschen aus dem Bildfeld nur noch das Schwarzweiss-Foto von Sarah Jane ubrig, dass eine Uberblendung mit dem Blau eines Kirchenfensters und Mahalia Jacksons zu Herzen gehendem Gospelsong Trouble of the World' verschweisst (01:52:57-01:53:14). So gestaltet Sirks IMITATION OF LIFE (Douglas Sirk, US/1959, 119 Min.) den Tod der Mutter Sarah Janes und leitet zu der beeindruckenden Beerdigungszeremonie uber. Als hatte sich die Erstarrung des Fotos uber die Kirche gelegt, sind die folgenden Einstellungen von Bewegungsarmut gepragt, die ihren Hohepunkt wohl in der Aufnahme des Sarges findet (01:54:06-01:54:12) - Kamera wie Menschen verharren in Stillstand, der sich erst langsam wieder lost, markant in der Wiederholung der Einstellung (01:54:52-01:54:54), in der der Mann hinter dem Sarg nun immerhin eine Handbewegung wagt. Fotografie, Stillstand und Bewegung kommen hier zusammen; auf diese Punkte hin soll der Film in dieser Arbeit betrachtet werden. Besondere Beachtung verdient dabei der Zusammenhang mit dem Komplex, der grob mit Wahrheit und Luge' bezeichnet werden soll und auf eine seltsame Weise in jeden Aspekt des Films hineinzuwirken schei

Melodrama

Author : John Mercer
ISBN : 9780231503068
Genre : Performing Arts
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Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility is designed as an accessible overview of one of the most popular genres at undergraduate Film Studies. The book identifies three distinct but connected concepts through which it is possible to make sense of melodrama; either as a genre, originating in European theatre of the 18th and 19th century, as a specific cinematic style, epitomised by the work of Douglas Sirk or as a sensibility that emerges in the context of specific texts, speaking to and reflecting the desires, concerns and anxieties of audiences. Films discussed include All That Heaven Allows, Safe, Fear Eats the Soul, Black Narcissus, Suddenly Last Summer and Rebel Without a Cause. Each chapter includes overviews of key essays, analyses of significant and widely studied films and includes an annotated reading list.

Good Girls Wicked Witches

Author : Amy M. Davis
ISBN : 9780861969012
Genre : Social Science
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An in-depth view of the way popular female stereotypes were reflected in—and were shaped by—the portrayal of women in Disney’s animated features. In Good Girls and Wicked Witches, Amy M. Davis re-examines the notion that Disney heroines are rewarded for passivity. Davis proceeds from the assumption that, in their representations of femininity, Disney films both reflected and helped shape the attitudes of the wider society, both at the time of their first release and subsequently. Analyzing the construction of (mainly human) female characters in the animated films of the Walt Disney Studio between 1937 and 2001, she attempts to establish the extent to which these characterizations were shaped by wider popular stereotypes. Davis argues that it is within the most constructed of all moving images of the female form—the heroine of the animated film—that the most telling aspects of Woman as the subject of Hollywood iconography and cultural ideas of American womanhood are to be found. “A fascinating compilation of essays in which [Davis] examined the way Disney has treated female characters throughout its history.” —PopMatters

Home In Hollywood

Author : Elisabeth Bronfen
ISBN : 9780231529426
Genre : Performing Arts
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Who can forget Dorothy's quest for the great and powerful Oz as she tried to return to her beloved Kansas? She thought she needed a wizard's magic, only to discover that home—and the power to get there—had been with her all along. This engaging and provocative book proposes that Hollywood has created an imaginary cinematic geography filled with people and places we recognize and to which we are irresistibly drawn. Each viewing of a film stirs, in a very real and charismatic way, feelings of home, and the comfort of returning to films like familiar haunts is at the core of our nostalgic desire. Leading us on a journey through American film, Elisabeth Bronfen examines the different ways home is constructed in the development of cinematic narrative. Each chapter includes a close reading of such classic films as Fleming's The Wizard of Oz, Sirk's Imitation of Life, Burton's Batman Returns, Hitchcock's Rebecca, Ford's The Searchers, and Sayles's Lone Star.

Boys Don T Cry

Author : Milette Shamir
ISBN : 9780231506342
Genre : Social Science
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We take for granted the idea that white, middle-class, straight masculinity connotes total control of emotions, emotional inexpressivity, and emotional isolation. That men repress their feelings as they seek their fortunes in the competitive worlds of business and politics seems to be a given. This collection of essays by prominent literary and cultural critics rethinks such commonly held views by addressing the history and politics of emotion in prevailing narratives about masculinity. How did the story of the emotionally stifled U.S. male come into being? What are its political stakes? Will the "release" of straight, white, middle-class masculine emotion remake existing forms of power or reinforce them? This collection forcefully challenges our most entrenched ideas about male emotion. Through readings of works by Thoreau, Lowell, and W. E. B. Du Bois, and of twentieth century authors such as Hemingway and Kerouac, this book questions the persistence of the emotionally alienated male in narratives of white middle-class masculinity and addresses the political and social implications of male emotional release.

Twenty First Century Motherhood

Author : Andrea O'Reilly
ISBN : 9780231520478
Genre : Social Science
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A pioneer of modern motherhood studies, Andrea O'Reilly explores motherhood's current representation and practice, considering developments that were unimaginable decades ago: the Internet, interracial surrogacy, raising transchildren, male mothering, intensive mothering, queer parenting, the applications of new biotechnologies, and mothering in the post-9/11 era. Her work pulls together a range of disciplines and themes in motherhood studies. She confronts the effects of globalization, HIV/AIDS, welfare reform, politicians as mothers, third wave feminism, and the evolving motherhood movement, and she incorporates Chicana, African-American, Canadian, Muslim, queer, low-income, trans, and lesbian perspectives.

A Feeling Of Belonging

Author : Shirley Jennifer Lim
ISBN : 9780814751930
Genre : History
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When we imagine the activities of Asian American women in the mid-twentieth century, our first thoughts are not of skiing, beauty pageants, magazine reading, and sororities. Yet, Shirley Jennifer Lim argues, these are precisely the sorts of leisure practices many second generation Chinese, Filipina, and Japanese American women engaged in during this time. In A Feeling of Belonging, Lim highlights the cultural activities of young, predominantly unmarried Asian American women from 1930 to 1960. This period marks a crucial generation—the first in which American-born Asians formed a critical mass and began to make their presence felt in the United States. Though they were distinguished from previous generations by their American citizenship, it was only through these seemingly mundane “American”activities that they were able to overcome two-dimensional stereotypes of themselves as kimono-clad “Orientals.” Lim traces the diverse ways in which these young women sought claim to cultural citizenship, exploring such topics as the nation's first Asian American sorority, Chi Alpha Δ the cultural work of Chinese American actress Anna May Wong; Asian American youth culture and beauty pageants; and the achievement of fame of three foreign-born Asian women in the late 1950s. By wearing poodle skirts, going to the beach, and producing magazines, she argues, they asserted not just their American-ness, but their humanity: a feeling of belonging.

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