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Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Gender as Genre

By John Alberti

Routledge – 2014 – 124 pages

Series: Routledge Advances in Film Studies

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    978-0-415-63065-8
    May 2nd 2013

Description

This volume addresses the growing obsolescence of traditional constructions of masculine identity in popular romantic comedies by proposing an approach that combines gender and genre theory to examine the ongoing radical reconstruction of gender roles in these films. Alberti creates a unified theory of gender role change in the movies that combines the insights of both poststructuralist gender and narrative genre theory, avoiding binary approaches to the study of gender representation. He establishes the current "crises" in both gender representation and genre development within romantic comedies as examples of experimentation and change towards narratives that feature more egalitarian and less essentialist constructions of gender.

Contents

1. Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Gender and/as Genre 2. "'I Love You, Man': Gender Genre Instability in the Bromance" 3. The Emergence of the Anxious Romance:Mumblecore, Neorealism, and Gender Play 4. Greenberg: The Anxious Romance and the Future(s) of the Romantic Comedy

Author Bio

John Alberti is Professor of English and Director of Cinema Studies at Northern Kentucky University, USA.

Name: Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Gender as Genre (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By John Alberti. This volume addresses the growing obsolescence of traditional constructions of masculine identity in popular romantic comedies by proposing an approach that combines gender and genre theory to examine the ongoing radical reconstruction of gender roles in...
Categories: Gender & Cinema, Film Theory, Cinema Studies & Popular Cinema, Contemporary Cinema, Film Genre, Gender, Gender Studies - Soc Sci