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Screening Genders by Krin Gabbard


Screening Genders by Krin Gabbard

Gender roles have been tested, challenged, and redefined everywhere during the past thirty years, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in film. Screening Genders is a lively and engaging introduction to the evolving representations of masculinity, femininity, and places once thought to be in between. The book begins with a general introduction that traces the movement of gender theory from the margins of film studies to its center. The ten essays that follow address a range of topics, including screen stars; depictions of gay, straight, queer, and transgender subjects; and the relationship between gender and genre. Widely respected scholars, including Robert Eberwein, Lucy Fischer, Chris Holmlund, E. Ann Kaplan, Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, David Lugowski, Patricia Mellencamp, Jerry Mosher, Jacqueline Reich, and Chris Straayer, focus on the radical ideological advances of contemporary cinema, as well as on those groundbreaking films that have shaped our ideas about masculinity and femininity, not only in movies but in American culture at large.The first comprehensive overview of the history of gender theory in film, this book is an ideal text for courses and will serve as a foundation for further discussion among students and scholars alike.

About the Author

Krin Gabbard is a professor of comparative literature and English at SUNY Stony Brook and the author of Black Magic: White Hollywood and Black Culture (Rutgers University Press). William Luhr is a professor of English and film at Saint Peter's College in New Jersey and the coauthor of Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying.

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Publication date

15th July 2008


Krin Gabbard

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Rutgers University Press


208 pages


Film theory & criticism
Gender studies, gender groups



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