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Pictures Of Girlhood

Author : Sarah Hentges
ISBN : 9781476608587
Genre : Performing Arts
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Although the “coming of age” story has been a popular film plot for decades, producers have only recently realized the commercial potential of targeting films to adolescent girls. Movies like Clueless, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls have been successfully marketed to teenage girls, as have several well-known independent films. Important as both cultural indicators and catalysts, these films simultaneously demonstrate pop culture’s influence on girls’ films, and the ability of girls’ films to affect pop culture and perceptions of girlhood. This critical survey of film and the modern girl concentrates largely on films of the last two decades, addressing key themes for girls within “coming of age” films, the changing (but not always improving) young feminine paradigm, and the ways these films can be powerful determinants of culture. The first chapter explores the ways in which girls’ films construct, reinforce, challenge and dismantle mainstream conceptualizations of sexuality, race and power. The second chapter discusses mainstream limitations of “coming of age” narratives, including recycled plots and stars, treatments of parental and male authority, and adult conceptualizations of adolescence. The third chapter describes girls’ experiences within these narratives through such conventions as attitude, teen fashion, music and dance, unsanctioned rites of passage, and race. The fourth chapter covers the negotiation of sex and sexuality, virginity and sexual empowerment. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Girls On Fire

Author : Sarah Hentges
ISBN : 9780786499281
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Under the threat of climate change, corruption, inequality and injustice, Americans may feel they are living in a dystopian novel come to life. Like many American narratives, dystopian stories often focus on males as the agents of social change. With a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and power, the author analyzes the themes, issues and characters in young adult (YA) dystopian fiction featuring female protagonists--the Girls on Fire who inspire progressive transformation for the future.

The Aesthetic Pleasures Of Girl Teen Film

Author : Samantha Colling
ISBN : 9781501318511
Genre : Social Science
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What is 'fun' about the Hollywood version of girlhood? Through re-evaluating notions of pleasure and fun, The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film forms a study of Hollywood girl teen films between 2000-2010. By tracing the aesthetic connections between films such as Mean Girls (Waters, 2004), Hairspray (Shankman, 2007), and Easy A (Gluck, 2010), the book articulates the specific types of pleasure these films offer as a means to understand how Hollywood creates gendered ideas of fun. Rather than condemn these films as 'guilty pleasures' this book sets out to understand how they are designed to create experiences that feel as though they express desires, memories, or fantasies that girls supposedly share in common. Providing a practical model for a new approach to cinematic pleasures The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film proposes that these films offer a limited version of girlhood that feels like potential and promise but is restricted within prescribed parameters.

New American Teenagers

Author : Barbara Jane Brickman
ISBN : 9781441176776
Genre : Performing Arts
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Taking a closer look at teen film in the 1970s, New American Teenagers uncovers previously marginalized voices that rework the classically male, heterosexual American teenage story. While their parents' era defined the American teenager with the romantic male figure of James Dean, this generation of adolescents offers a dramatically altered picture of transformed gender dynamics, fluid and queered sexuality, and a chilling disregard for the authority of parent, or more specifically, patriarchal culture. Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween, and Badlands offer a reprieve from the 'straight' developmental narrative, including in the canon of study the changing definition of the American teenager. Barbara Brickman is the first to challenge the neglect of this decade in discussions of teen film by establishing the subversive potential and critical revision possible in the narratives of these new teenage voices, particularly in regards to changing notions of gender and sexuality.

Feminist Collections

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ISBN : UIUC:30112099219344
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New Books On Women Feminism

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ISBN : UCR:31210020835144
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America History And Life

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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

Signifying Female Adolescence

Author : Georganne Scheiner
ISBN : 0275968952
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Scheiner uses films and fan behavior as windows to decode the cultural meanings of female adolescence from 1920 to 1950 and beyond. In film, adolescent girls have been represented as powerful, subversive, problematic, or in opposition to the parent culture. Girls, in turn, have often used the same tropes to create social identity and to affirm cultural authority.

Girlhood In America

Author : Miriam Forman-Brunell
ISBN : 1576072061
Genre : Girls
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