You Tarzan - masculinity, movies and men.

By: Kirkham, Pat.
Contributor(s): Thumim, Janet.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: 1993; Lawrence & Wishart. ISBN: 0853157782.Subject(s): Film, Television and Radio | Films (Motion pictures) | CinemaDDC classification: 791.43651KIR
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In You Tarzan, the editors set out to broaden the enquiry into masculinity, taking popular cinema as their starting point. A number of male film scholars have been invited to turn the spotlight back on themselves; to name the un-named feelings raised by films, stars or genres as well as importing some of the insights of feminist writing on gender to an analysis of the construction and reading of masculinity in films.

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In their introduction to this uneven collection of essays by men, the editors frame their efforts as a "contribution to debate about the cultural construction of gender." Several of the essays--only one of which has been previously published--succeed in clarifying if not furthering that debate, particularly Richard Dyer on Rock Hudson, Joe Fisher on Clark Gable, and John Newsinger on Vietnam War films. As a collection, though, the book suffers from the absence of any structure: the essays appear in alphabetical order by author rather than being grouped around a set of themes or issues. The writing--much of it from previously unpublished authors--varies widely from the elegant and insightful to the tortured and obfuscatory, and there is a regrettable lack of editorial rigor, with scores of copy errors. There is no general bibliography, although each article includes references. Additional photographs would have been helpful. The book provides some interesting perspectives (e.g., British views of US cinema, gay views of "straight" cinema), and is unique in presenting specifically male critical views on cinematic masculinity. Recommended for undergraduate collections in film studies, popular culture, and gender studies. T. Gleeson; Neumann College