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Classical Masculinity and the Spectacular Body on Film

By D. O'Brien
  • ISBN Code: : 1137384719
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 191
  • Category : Performing Arts
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The muscle-bound male body is a perennial feature of classically-inflected action cinema. This book reassesses these films as a cinematic form, focusing on the depiction of heroic masculinity. In particular, Hercules in his many incarnations has greatly influenced popular cultural interpretations of manliness and the exaggerated male form.

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  • Pdf File: ideologia-e-rappresentazione.pdf

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Il libro propone undici percorsi teorici all’interno della fantascienza italiana moderna e contemporanea per metterne in luce le caratteristiche originali e specifiche rispetto alla storia del paese e alla costruzione dell’identità nazionale. Gli undici capitoli (Discronie, Robot, Totalitarismi, Ecocritica, Follia, Religione, Terrorismo, Supereroi, Berlusconi, Europa, Postumano) analizzano ciascuno due o tre testi di riferimento, rifl ettendo sulla maniera in cui tali temi sono stati declinati all’interno della fantascienza italiana. Attraverso un viaggio culturale che spazia dal cinema alla letteratura, dal fumetto alle serie televisive, si vuole dare un’idea dell’originalità e della complessità di alcune esperienze culturali italiane, in un arco cronologico che va dagli ultimi anni del XIX secolo (L’anno 3000 di Paolo Mantegazza) alle più recenti uscite distopiche (Furland di Tullio Avoledo e La festa nera di Violetta Bellocchio, ma anche la serie Il miracolo di Niccolò Ammaniti), passando per i film degli anni Sessanta e i romanzi post-apocalittici degli anni Settanta e Ottanta.

Troubling Masculinities

By Glen Donnar
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Book Code : 1496828593
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 770
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Troubling Masculinities: Terror, Gender, and Monstrous Others in American Film Post-9/11 is the first multigenre study of representations of masculinity following the emergence of violent terror as a plot element in American cinema after September 11, 2001. Across a broad range of subgenres—including disaster melodrama, monster movies, postapocalyptic science fiction, discovered footage and home invasion horror, action-thrillers, and frontier westerns—author Glen Donnar examines the impact of “terror-Others,” from Arab terrorists to giant monsters, especially in relation to cinematic representations in earlier periods of national turmoil. Donnar demonstrates that the reassertion of masculinity and American national identity in post-9/11 cinema repeatedly unravels across genres. Taking up critical arguments about Hollywood’s attempts to resolve male crisis through Orientalizing figures of terror, he shows how this failure reflects an inability to effectively extinguish the threat or frightening difference of terror. The heroes in these movies are unable to heal themselves or restore order, often becoming as destructive as the threats they are supposed to be fighting. Donnar concludes that interrelated anxieties about masculinity and nationhood continue to affect contemporary American cinema and politics. By showing how persistent these cultural fears are, the volume offers an important counternarrative to this supposedly unprecedented moment in American history.

Acting and Performance in Moving Image Culture

By Jörg Sternagel,Deborah Levitt,Dieter Mersch
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  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Book Code : 3839416485
  • Total of Pages : 488
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 971
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This volume offers transdisciplinary perspectives on the study of acting and performance in moving image forms. It assembles 26 international scholars from dance, theatre, film, media and cultural studies, art history and philosophy to investigate the art of acting and the presence of the human body in analog and digital film, animation and video art. The volume includes classical case studies and essays devoted to acting history and acting and genres, but its particular emphasis is on introducing a wide range of groundbreaking theoretical approaches - from continental and analytic philosophy to new media theory and cognitivist research - all of which interrogate the fundamental conceptions of »act« and »actor« that underwrite both popular and academic notions of performance in moving image culture.

Popular Italian Cinema

By L. Bayman,S. Rigoletto
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137305657
  • Total of Pages : 249
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 665
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Exciting new critical perspectives on popular Italian cinema including melodrama, poliziesco, the mondo film, the sex comedy, missionary cinema and the musical. The book interrogates the very meaning of popular cinema in Italy to give a sense of its complexity and specificity in Italian cinema, from early to contemporary cinema.

The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media

By Karen Ross
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118114221
  • Total of Pages : 608
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 946
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The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media offers original insights into the complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media, and in doing so, showcases new research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory. Brings together a collection of new, cutting-edge research exploring a number of different facets of the broad relationship between gender and media Moves beyond associating gender with man/woman and instead considers the relationship between the construction of gender norms, biological sex and the mediation of sex and sexuality Offers genuinely new insights into the complicated and complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media Essay topics range from the continuing sexism of TV advertising to ways in which the internet is facilitating the (re)invention of our sexual selves.

Contemporary Action Cinema

By Lisa Purse
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 0748688404
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 709
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Book Short Summary:

This book is an authoritative account of post-1990s US action cinema.

Queering The Terminator

By David Greven
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1501322370
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 799
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The Terminator film series is an unlikely site of queer affiliation. The entire premise revolves around both heterosexual intercourse and the woman's pregnancy and giving birth. It is precisely the Terminator's indifference to both that signifies it as an unimaginably inhuman monstrosity. Indeed, the films' overarching contention that humanity must be saved, rooted as it is in a particular story about pregnancy and birth that exclusively focuses on the heterosexual couple and the family, would appear to put it at odds with the political stances of contemporary queer theory. Yet, as this book argues, there is considerable queer interest in the Terminator mythos. The films provide a framework for interpreting shifting gender codes and the emergence of queer sexuality over the period of three decades. Significantly, the series emerges in the Reagan 80s, which marked a decisive break with the sexual fluidity of the 70s. As a franchise and on the individual basis of each film, The Terminator series combines both radical and reactionary elements. Each film reflects the struggles over gender and sexuality specific to its release. At the same time, the series foregrounds the intersection of technology and gender that has become a definitive aspect of contemporary experience. A narrative organized around a conservative view of female sexuality and the family, the Terminator myth is nevertheless a richly suggestive narrative for queer theory and gender studies.

Contemporary American Cinema

By Linda Williams,Michael Hammond
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  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
  • Book Code : 0335228437
  • Total of Pages : 584
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 680
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“One of the rare collections I would recommend for use in undergraduate teaching – the chapters are lucid without being oversimplified and the contributors are adept at analyzing the key industrial, technological and ideological features of contemporary U.S. cinema.” Diane Negra, University of East Anglia, UK. “Contemporary American Cinema offers a fresh and sometimes revisionist look at developments in the American film industry from the 1960s to the present … Readers will find it lively and provocative.” Chuck Maland, University of Tennessee, USA. “Contemporary American Cinema is the book on the subject that undergraduate classes have been waiting for … Comprehensive, detailed, and intelligently organized [and] written in accessible and compelling prose … Contemporary American Cinema will be embraced by instructors and students alike.” Charlie Keil, Director, Cinema Studies Program, University of Toronto, Canada. “Contemporary American Cinema usefully gathers together a range of materials that provide a valuable resource for students and scholars. It is also a pleasure to read.” Hilary Radner, University of Otago, New Zealand. “Contemporary American Cinema deepens our knowledge of American cinema since the 1960s. … This is an important collection that will be widely used in university classrooms.” Lee Grieveson, University College London, UK. “Contemporary American Cinema is a clear-sighted and tremendously readable anthology, mapping the terrain of post-sixties US cinema with breadth and critical verve.” Paul Grainge, University of Nottingham, UK. “This collection of freshly written essays by leading specialists in the field will most likely be one of the most important works of reference for students and film scholars for years to come.” Liv Hausken, University of Oslo, Norway. Contemporary American Cinema is the first comprehensive introduction to American cinema since 1960. The book is unique in its treatment of both Hollywood, alternative and non-mainstream cinema. Critical essays from leading film scholars are supplemented by boxed profiles of key directors, producers and actors; key films and key genres; and statistics from the cinema industry. Illustrated in colour and black and white with film stills, posters and production images, the book has two tables of contents allowing students to use the book chronologically, decade-by-decade, or thematically by subject. Designed especially for courses in cinema studies and film studies, cultural studies and American studies, Contemporary American Cinema features a glossary of key terms, fully referenced resources and suggestions for further reading, questions for class discussion, and a comprehensive filmography. Individual chapters include: The decline of the studio system The rise of American new wave cinema The history of the blockbuster The parallel histories of independent and underground film Black cinema from blaxploitation to the 1990s Changing audiences The effects of new technology Comprehensive overview of US documentary from 1960 to the present Contributors include: Stephen Prince, Steve Neale, Susan Jeffords,Yvonne Tasker, Barbara Klinger, Jim Hillier, Peter Kramer, Mark Shiel,Sheldon Hall, Eithne Quinn, Michele Aaron, Jonathan Munby.

Thinking Men

By Lin Foxhall,John Salmon
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134687052
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 226
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Book Short Summary:

Thinking Men explores artistic and intellectual expression in the classical world as the self representation of man. It starts from the premise that the history of classical antiquity as the ancients tell it is a history of men. However, the focus of this volume is the creation, re-creation and iteration of that male self as presented in language, poetry, drama, philosophical and scientific thought and art: man constructing himself as subject in classical antiquity and beyond. This beautifully illustrated volume, which contains a preface by Nathalie Kampen, provides a thought-provoking and stimulating insight into the representations of men in Classical culture.

American Blockbuster

By Charles R. Acland
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  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Book Code : 1478012161
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 394
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Ben-Hur (1959), Jaws (1975), Avatar (2009), Wonder Woman (2017): the blockbuster movie has held a dominant position in American popular culture for decades. In American Blockbuster Charles R. Acland charts the origins, impact, and dynamics of this most visible, entertaining, and disparaged cultural form. Acland narrates how blockbusters emerged from Hollywood's turn to a hit-driven focus during the industry's business crisis in the 1950s. Movies became bigger, louder, and more spectacular. They also became prototypes for ideas and commodities associated with the future of technology and culture, accelerating the prominence of technological innovation in modern American life. Acland shows that blockbusters continue to be more than just movies; they are industrial strategies and complex cultural machines designed to normalize the ideologies of our technological age.