Offering a broad perspective on the Hollywood dad, looking at important Hollywood fathers and discussing films from many genres, this book adopts a multi-faceted theoretical approach, making use of psychoanalysis, sociology and masculinity studies and contextualising the father figure within both Hollywood and American history.
Stella Bruzzi is Professor of Film Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London and her previous publications include Undressing Cinema: Clothing and Identity in the Movies, Routledge 1997; New Documentary: A Critical Introduction, Routledge 2000; Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis (co-edited), Routledge 2000
Chapter Headings.- 1. Since You Went Away: Fatherhood, Change and the Second World War.- 2. The Age of the Patriarch: Fathers, Generation and Traditionalism in the 1950s.- 3. Revolution and Feminist Unrest: Fatherhood Under Attack in the 1960s and 1970s.- 4. Out of the Past: The Return of Tradition and Masculinity in the 1980s.- 5. The Next Best Thing: Men in Crisis and the Pluralisation of Fatherhood in the 1990s and 2000s.