Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties
Wyatt, Justin, Journal of Film and Video
Steven Cohan. Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1997. 346 pp. $39.95 ($18.95 paper).
Steven Cohan's comprehensive study of masculinity and star images adroitly debunks the image of the masculine conformist of the 1950s, that is, the masculine identity formed by a middle class sexual ideology polarizing heterosexual and homosexual. Drawing from Judith Butler's influential work on the performativity of gender and sexual roles, Cohan offers a more nuanced vision of the male star, and by extension the male, constituted by a range of social and personal influences. As such, the text presents a range of masculine representations for the …
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Publication information: Article title: Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties. Contributors: Wyatt, Justin - Author. Journal title: Journal of Film and Video. Volume: 51. Issue: 3/4 Publication date: Fall 1999. Page number: 100+. © University Film and Video Association Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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