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Masculinity in Fiction and Film

Representing Men in Popular Genres, 1945-2000 (Continuum Literary Studies)

By Brian Baker

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Format: Paperback, 186 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2008
This book covers a wide range of popular British and American fiction and film including Westerns, spy fiction, science fiction and crime narratives.This book looks at a wide range of fiction and film texts, from the 1950s to the present, in order to analyse the ways in which masculinity has been represented in popular culture in Britain and the United States. It covers numerous genres, including spy fiction, science fiction, the Western and police thrillers. Each chapter focuses on key forms of masculinity found in each genre, such as the 'double agent', the 'rogue cop' and the 'citizen-soldier'.Brian Baker takes a broad, contextual approach, placing a detailed discussion of key texts and issues concerning masculinity in their historical and cultural context. Written in a clear, accessible way, it explores the changing representation of men over the last fifty years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Cold Warrior; 2 Soldier Spy; 3 Operatives; 4 The Psycho in the Grey Flannel Suit; 5 Rogue Cops I: San Francisco; 6 Rogue Cops II: Los Angeles; 7 Old Age Westerns; 8 The Twilight Frontier; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Brian Baker is Lecturer in English at Lancaster University, UK.


"'an ambitious and topical monograph... comprehensive, encyclopedic, reading-focused and theoretically accessible enough to appeal to students, and it genuinely opens up new conceptual ground, especially by juxtaposing British and American masculinities within their specific national contexts' Professor Berthold Schoene, University of Manchester 'Baker's work is a significant contribution to the field of Men's Studies because in it he connects masculinities with men's history and popular culture. This work aids in our understanding of the needs of America and Britain in the 20th century and how they created fictionalized masculinities to shape the lives of their men.' Cindy A. McLeod, The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature"

EAN: 9781847062628
ISBN: 1847062628
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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