The Trouble with Men

Masculinities in European and Hollywood Cinema

Edited by Phil Powrie, Ann Davies, and Bruce Babington

Wallflower Press

The Trouble with Men

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Pub Date: January 2005

ISBN: 9781904764083

224 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: January 2005

ISBN: 9781904764090

224 Pages

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The Trouble with Men

Masculinities in European and Hollywood Cinema

Edited by Phil Powrie, Ann Davies, and Bruce Babington

Wallflower Press

A collection of original essays focusing on masculinity and film, particularly the representation of European masculinity. Spilt into four sections—stars, class and race, fathers and bodies—areas covered include the Carmen films, Yiddish cinema, romantic comedy and beur cinema.
This volume demonstrates the rich possibilities for further scholarship on manhood in world cinema... Recommended. Choice
Introduction: Turning the Male Inside Out, by Phil Powrie, Bruce Babington, and Ann Davies
Section 1: Stars
1. Dancing with Balls in the 1940s: Sissies, Sailors, and the Camp Masculinity of Gene Kelly, by Steven Cohan
2. He Is as He Is - and Always Will Be: Clark Gable and the Reassertion of Hegemonic Masculinity, by Timothy Connelly
3. Framing the Wolf: The Spectacular Masculinity of Alain Delon, by Graeme Hayes
4. Deconstructing Paco Rabal: Masculinity, Myth, and Meaning, by Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas
5. Masculinity and Class: Michael Caine as 'Working Class Hero', by Robert Shail
6. The Rewards of Diffidence: Hugh Grant and the Revival of English Romantic Comedy, by Andrew Spicer
Section 2: Class and Race
7. Cinema's Queer Jews: Jewishness and Masculinity in Yiddish Cinema, by Michele Aaron
8. A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be: Changing Representations of Class and Masculinity in British Cinema, by John Hill
9. Masculinity and Exclusion in post-1995 Beur and Banlieue films, by Carrie Tarr
Section 3: Fathers
10. Herr Lubitsch Joins the Korps Saxonia: History, Gesture, and Homosociality in The Student Prince of Old Heidelberg, by Bruce Babington
11. 'Pink Neorealism' and the Rehearsal of Gender Roles 1946-1955, by Mary Wood
12. 'Can the Man Panic?': Masculinity and Fatherhood in Nanni Moretti's Aprile (1998), by Paul Sutton
13. Lost Boys: Trauma, Masculinity, and the Missing Child Film, by Emma Wilson
14. Like Father?: Failing Parents and Angelic Children in Contemporary British Social Realist Cinema, by James Leggott
Section 4: Bodies
15. Queer Looks, Male Gazes, Taut Torsos, and Designer Labels: Contemporary Cinema, Consumption, and Masculinity, by Pamela Church-Gibson
16. The Male Body and the Female Gaze in Carmen Films, by Ann Davies
17. 'They Look So Uncomplicated Once They're Dissected': The Act of Seeing the Dead Penis with One's Own Eyes, by Peter Lehman
18. The W/hole and the Abject, by Phil Powrie
19. Batman, Masculinity, and the Technology of Abjection, by Calvin Thomas

About the Author

Phil Powrie is editor of Contemporary French Cinema: Continuity and Difference (1999) and author of Jean-Jaques Beineix (2001). Ann Davies is author of Don Juan and Changing Gender Relations (2002). Bruce Babington is editor of British Stars and Stardom: From Alma Taylor to Sean Connery (2002) and author of Launder and Gilliat (2002). All the editors teach at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.