Ageing Femininity on Screen: The Older Woman in Contemporary Cinema (Library of Gender and Popular Culture)

Ageing Femininity on Screen: The Older Woman in Contemporary Cinema (Library of Gender and Popular Culture)

By: Niall Richardson (author)Hardback

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What can feminism, queer theory and media studies bring to our understanding of cinema and television's older leading ladies? Addressing the groundswell of scholarly interest in age and its representation, Ageing Femininity analyses contemporary screen depictions of older women that have attempted to challenge the history of negative stereotypes such as the grotesque hag or the dotty old dear. Studying recent examples of age-affirmation film and television, this important book considers how issues of cinematic genre (ranging from heritage cinema to the action movie), narrative, aesthetics and strategies of performance, such as age camp and age drag, can promote a sensibility of "successful ageing" on the screen.

About Author

Niall Richardson is Senior Lecturer and convenor of the MA in Gender and Media at the University of Sussex. He is an expert on body image in film, queer politics and the representation of gender and ageing in popular culture. His numerous publications include the co-edited collection Film and Gender (2013) and The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman: Critical and Cultural Readings (I.B.Tauris, 2008).


Introduction Gendering Gentility Heritage and Ageing Challenging `Dottiness': The Older Female Sleuth Enter the Dragon: Older Femininity and Civilized Unruliness Lavender Ladies: Camp, (Ef)femininity and Old The Erotics of Friendship Conclusion

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  • ISBN13: 9781784532802
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781784532802
  • weight: 436
  • ISBN10: 1784532800

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