Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood

Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood

Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood

Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood

Synopsis

"Distinguishing his own neo-Marxist approach from that of other media scholars, Philip Green pursues two interrelated themes. In the first part of the book, he looks at the strategies Hollywood has employed to deflect or absorb the ideological challenges posed by the feminist critique of contemporary American society. He demonstrates the ways in which mainstream movies and television programs, no matter how unconventional or "subversive" they may appear, produce and reproduce familiar images of sexuality and gender identity. In the second part, Green highlights instances in which reproduction of the dominant ideology is less successful by examining several recent cinematic genres - the female action movie, the rape-revenge cycle, and the new film noir - that portray the real ambiguities of a social order in upheaval. As a male consumer of the cultural commodities being discussed, the author offers a perspective on American films and television different from that of most other feminist critics." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This is a book about gender, ideology, and mainstream visual culture—the cultural commodities produced by the multifold institution we call "Hollywood." Specifically, I shall be looking at how male-dominated Hollywood (and it remains male-dominated despite the rising number of women in executive positions) has responded to the feminist revolution of the 1970s. I focus on Hollywood's treatment of gender, sexuality, and the institutions, especially "the family," within which our notions of gender and sexuality are embedded and take on active life.

My thesis, briefly, is that Hollywood's confrontation with feminism is rife with slippages and pregnant with evasions. On the one hand, in the contemporary "postfeminist" era, patriarchal traditions in visual culture are seemingly challenged yet ultimately reproduced. Yet at the same time the unrealized challenge leaves residues, residues that alert us to the existence of a seismic . . .

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