Mysterious Skin

Mysterious Skin : Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema

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Borrowing its title from Gregg Araki's 2005 film, in which the camera's contemplation of the male body encourages us to feel that body, and covering a broad span of subjects and films, "Mysterious Skin" offers a wider, more representative picture of the depiction of the male body in contemporary world cinemas than has hitherto been attempted. An international array of major experts explore the treatment of masculinity and the male body in the cinemas of Africa, Australia, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, North America, Spain, Taiwan and Vietnam, as well as Hollywood.Their common concern is to reveal how the representation of the male body is used in films to convey a country's anxieties about its national identity and history, as well as how it engages with questions of racial, sexual or gender politics. They discuss key actors, directors and films of these countries, from Ewan MacGregor in Peter Greenaway's "The Pillow Book", through the films of Wong Kar Wai, to Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee in "Crocodile Dundee". In so doing, "Mysterious Skin" also provides a strong overview of important cinema produced around the world in the last twenty years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • I.B. Tauris
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 29 integrated black and white illustrations
  • 1845118316
  • 9781845118310
  • 2,198,316

Table of contents

Contents
List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
INTRODUCTION 'Mysterious Skin'. Santiago Fouz-Hernandez
PART 1: THE BODY AND ETHNIC/NATIONAL IDENTITIES
CHAPTER 1
'From Jesus to Jeremy: the Jewish Male Body on Film, 1990 to the Present'.
Nathan Abrams.
CHAPTER 2
'Fragmented Bodies: Masculinity and Nation in Contemporary German Cinema'. Heidi Schlipphacke.

CHAPTER 3
'Hong Kong Cinema and Chineseness: The Palimpsestic Male Bodies of Wong Kar-Wai'. Konrad Gar-Yeu Ng.
CHAPTER 4
'Male Bodies at the Edge of the World: Re-thinking Hegemonic and 'Other' Masculinities in Australian Cinema'. Christine Beasley.
CHAPTER 5
'The Post-Colonial Cowboy: Masculinity, the Western Genre and Francophone African Film'. Rachael Langford.
CHAPTER 6
'The Square Circle: Problematising the National Masculine Body in Indian Cinema'. Aparna Sharma.

PART 2: FEELING THE BODY: DISSECTIONS, TEXTURES AND CLOSE-UPS
CHAPTER 7
'Tran Anh Hung's Body Poetry'. Robert Davis and Tim Maloney
CHAPTER 8
'Closer than Ever: Contemporary French Cinema and the Male Body in Close-up'. Gary Needham.
CHAPTER 9
'Caresses: The Male Body in the Films of Ventura Pons'. Santiago Fouz-Hernandez.
CHAPTER 10
'Destroying the Male Body in British Horror Cinema'. Alison Peirse.

PART 3: THE BODY, SEX AND SEXUALITY
CHAPTER 11
'When 'Macho' Bodies Fail: on the Limits of the Homosocial/sexual in Mexican Cinema'. Vek Lewis.
CHAPTER 12
'Cinematic Cruising: Tsai Ming-liang's Bu san and the Strangely Moving Bodies of Taiwanese Cinema'. D. Cuong O'Neill.
CHAPTER 13
'Exposing the Body Guy: The Return of the Repressed in Twentynine Palms'.
Peter Lehman and Susan Hunt.
Bibliography
Filmography
Index
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About Santiago Fouz-Hernandez

Santiago Fouz-Hern ndez lectures Spanish Cinema at the University of Durham, UK. He is co-author of 'Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema' (I.B. Tauris, 2007) and co-editor of 'Madonna s Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to Her Cultural Transformations' (1983-2003) (2004). He is reviews editor of the journal 'Studies in Hispanic Cinemas'.
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