9780739124826

Extra-ordinary Men: White Heterosexual Masculinity and Contemporary Popular Cinema

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  • ISBN13:

    9780739124826

  • ISBN10:

    073912482X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/30/2009
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Summary

Extra-Ordinary Men analyzes popular cinematic representations of white heterosexual masculinity as the "ordinary" form of male identity, one that enjoys considerable economic, social, political, and representational strength. Nicola Rehling argues that while this normative position affords white heterosexual masculinity ideological and political dominance, such "ordinariness" also engenders the anxiety that it is a depthless, vacuous, and unstable identity. At a time when the neutrality of white heterosexual masculinity has been challenged by identity politics, this insightful volume offers lucid accounts of contemporary theoretical debates on masculinity in popular cinema, and explores the strategies deployed in popular films to reassert white heterosexual male hegemony through detailed readings of films as diverse as Fight Club, Boys Don't Cry, and The Matrix. Accessible to undergraduates, but also of interest to film scholars, the book makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the ways in which popular film helps construct and maintain many unexamined assumptions about masculinity, gender, race, and sexuality. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Nicola Rehling currently teaches film and literature courses at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Politics of the "White Male as Victim"
Losing Ground: Representations of White Male Disenfranchisement in Anglo-American Popular Cinemap. 23
Literalizing the Wound: Paternal Melodramas, Masochism, and White Heterosexual Masculinity in Popular U.S. Cinemap. 55
Coming Apart at the Seams? White Heterosexual Masculinity and the Body in Popular Cinema
Fleshing Out White Heterosexual Masculinity: The Objectified and Commodified White Male Bodyp. 85
Terminal Bodies and Cartesian Trips: White Heterosexual Masculinity in Cyberfantasiesp. 115
Queering White Heterosexual Masculinity: Cross-Dressing and Transgender-Cinemap. 137
White Skin, Black Masks? Male "Wiggers" in Contemporary Popular Cinemap. 167
Marking White Male Violence: The Gangster and the Serial Killer
White Male Violence in Quentin Tarantino's Gangster Filmsp. 203
Everyman and No Man: White Masculinity in Contemporary Serial Killer Moviesp. 227
Afterwordp. 249
Bibliographyp. 255
Select Filmographyp. 271
Indexp. 273
About the Authorp. 281
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