Impossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies (Comedia)

Impossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies (Comedia)

By: Christine Holmlund (author)Paperback

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Impossible Bodies investigates issues of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Hollywood. Examining stars from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood, to Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Lopez, Holmlund focuses on actors whose physique or appearance marks them as unusual or exceptional, and yet who occupy key and revealing positions in today's mainstream cinema. Exploring a range of genres and considering both stars and their sidekicks, Holmlund examines ways in which Hollywood accommodates - or doesn't - a variety of 'impossible' bodies, from the 'outrageous' physiques of Dolph Lundgren and Dolly Parton, to the almost-invisible bodies of Asian-Americans, Latinas and older actors.

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Chris Holmlund is Associate Professorin Cinema Studfies and Women's Studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the co-editor of Between the Sheets, in the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (Minnesota UP, 1997).


Introduction - "Impossible Bodies, Compromised Positions" Part I: Gesturing Towards Genres - 1. Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality and Race in the Pumping Iron Films 2. When a Lesbian is Not a Lesbian?: The Lesbian Continuum and the Mainstream Femme Film 3. Noveaux Western for the 1990s: Genre Off-Shoots, Audience Re-Routes Part II: Siding With Sidekicks - 4. 'Crusin' for a Brusin': Hollywood's Deadly (Lesbian) Dolls 5. 'Swede as Other' 6. 'Latinas in La-La Land: From Bit Part to Stratlet in "Indie" and Mainstream Films Part III: Starring at Stars 7. Chanelling Desire, Making Whoopi 8. The Aging Clint 9. Marketing Dolly Dialectics: The Sky is Green, the Grass is Blue

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/12/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780415185769
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780415185769
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 0415185769

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