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Masked men : masculinity and the movies in the fifties

Author: Steven Cohan
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1997.
Series: Arts and politics of the everyday.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When we think of the films of the 1950s, we inevitably remember the confident swagger of John Wayne, the suave sophistication of Cary Grant, and the emotional intensity of Marlon Brando. But today's culture critics see in the decade a period when heterosexual/homosexual dualism came to dominate the representation of American masculinity. Masked Men documents how movies of the 1950s represented masculinity as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cohan, Steven.
Masked men.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1997
(DLC) 96029965
(OCoLC)36126946
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Cohan
ISBN: 0585026238 9780585026237
OCLC Number: 42854295
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 346 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Arts and politics of the everyday.
Responsibility: Steven Cohan.

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"When we think of the films of the 1950s, we inevitably remember the confident swagger of John Wayne, the suave sophistication of Cary Grant, and the emotional intensity of Marlon Brando. But today's culture critics see in the decade a period when heterosexual/homosexual dualism came to dominate the representation of American masculinity. Masked Men documents how movies of the 1950s represented masculinity as a multiple masquerade. Hollywood depicted the sexual anxieties of the domesticated breadwinner, the repudiation of wartime homoerotic male bonding, the exhibitionism of muscular bodies, the transvestic connotations of boyishness, and the playboy bachelor apartment. These presentations challenged the postwar ideal of the typical American male, that omnipresent and seemingly invisible Man in a Gray Flannel Suit."--Jacket.

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