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Film and Sexual Politics

Editor(s): Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
Contributors: David M. Lugowski, Catherine R. Burke, Mattias Frey, Jane M. Greene, Melissa Ooten, Kylo-Patrick R. Hart,

Book Description

Film and Sexual Politics: A Critical Reader features a variety of noteworthy critical essays that explore the evolution, representation, and social construction of sex, gender, and sexual orientation from the early days of cinema to the early twenty-first century.

This collection investigates the complex relations between film form/style and sexual politics (past and present), as well as the ideological and social ramifications of those relations for the lived realities of individuals in the United States over the course of the twentieth century and beyond. Contrary to popular perceptions of films as relatively simplistic forms of “entertainment,” the essays in this collection demonstrate clearly how the act of producing meaning through the use of cinematic verbal and visual signs is far from a simple process with negligible historical consequences.

This book offers insightful and satisfying reading to established and emerging scholars who explore film history, theory, and criticism, as well as to all readers with a general interest in film history and the effects of cinema on individuals and popular culture. The range of films analyzed includes Being John Malkovich, Citizen Kane, Elizabeth, Female Perversions, From Here to Eternity, Gidget, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Jackass the Movie, The Matrix, Maurice, My Own Private Idaho, Porcile, The Road to Ruin, and Wilde.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8037-7
ISBN-10: 1-84718-037-X
Date of Publication: 01/09/2006
Pages / Size: 301 / A5
Price: £39.99


Kylo-Patrick Hart (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Plymouth State University, where he teaches courses in film studies, television studies, and popular culture. He is author of the book The AIDS Movie: Representing a Pandemic in Film and Television, as well as numerous journal articles pertaining to film and video.