Extra-Ordinary Men : White Heterosexual Masculinity and Contemporary Popular Cinema
This book analyzes popular cinematic representations of normative masculinity, exploring the idea that its positioning as the 'ordinary' identity is a source of not only ideological and political strength but also considerable anxiety. Rehling offers lucid accounts of contemporary theoretical debates on masculinity, whiteness, gender, race, and sexuality in popular cinema, and detailed readings of films as diverse as Fight Club, Boys Don't Cry, and The Matrix.
- Paperback | 292 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 771.1g
- 01 Jul 2010
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
This volume's major strength is the author's remarkable knowledge of the theory and debates of those working in cultural studies. Her discussion of Quentin Tarantino takes the overhyped director to task, and her take on his gangster films and their incorporation of black masculinity stands as some of the finest work on the filmmaker. Recommended... CHOICE, August 2009 This study is original while making an intelligent use of existing studies. Extremely well organized, this book moves gradually and rigorously from the general to the more specific and shows a remarkable ability to articulate plot summaries and textual analyzes, ongoing theoretical concerns, and personal statements thoroughly argued through to their conclusions. -- Reynold Humphries This volume's major strength is the author's remarkable knowledge of the theory and debates of those working in cultural studies. Her discussion of Quentin Tarantino takes the overhyped director to task, and her take on his gangster films and their incorporation of black masculinity stands as some of the finest work on the filmmaker. Recommended. CHOICE, August 2009
About Nicola Rehling
Nicola Rehling currently teaches film and literature courses at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Politics of the "White Male as Victim" Chapter 3 Losing Ground: Representations of White Male Disenfranchisement in Anglo-American Popular Cinema Chapter 4 Literalizing the Wound: Paternal Melodramas, Masochism, and the White Heterosexual Masculinity in Popular U.S. Cinema Part 5 Coming Apart at the Seams? White Heterosexual Masculinity and the Body in Popular Cinema Chapter 6 Fleshing Out White Heterosexual Masculinity: The Objectified and Commodified White Male Body Chapter 7 Terminal Bodies and Cartesian Trips: White Heterosexual Masculinity in Virtual Reality Fantasy Cinema Chapter 8 Queering White Heterosexual Masculinity: Cross-Dressing and Transgender Cinema Chapter 9 White Skin, Black Masks? Male Wiggers in Contemporary Popular Cinema Part 10 Marking White Male Violence: The Gangster and the Serial Killer Chapter 11 White Male Violence in Quentin Tarantino's Gangster Films Chapter 12 Everyman and No Man: White Masculinity in Contemporary Serial Killer Movies Chapter 13 Afterword