A lively and engaging study of on-screen and off-screen performances of masculinity, focusing on well-known male actors in American film and popular culture in the 1990s and 2000s. Peberdy examines specific social, cultural, historical and political contexts that have affected age, race, sexuality and fatherhood on screen.
Dr. Donna Peberdy is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on acting, performance and stardom, masculinity, sex and sexuality. She is the co-editor of Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities (2013).
Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Being a Man PART I: PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMERS Performance and Masculinity Performing Angst PART II: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES From Wimps to Wild Men: Bipolar Masculinity and the Paradoxical Performances of Tom Cruise Performing Paternity: Clinton, Nostalgia and the Racial Politics of Fatherhood Aging Men: Viagra, Retiring Boomers and Jack Nicholson Conclusion: Returns, Renewals, Departures Notes Filmography Bibliography Index