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The Resource Classical masculinity and the spectacular body on film : the mighty sons of Hercules, Daniel O'Brien, (electronic book ;)

Classical masculinity and the spectacular body on film : the mighty sons of Hercules, Daniel O'Brien, (electronic book ;)

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Classical masculinity and the spectacular body on film : the mighty sons of Hercules
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Classical masculinity and the spectacular body on film
Title remainder
the mighty sons of Hercules
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Daniel O'Brien
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The muscle-bound male body is a perennial feature of classically-inflected action cinema. This book reassesses these films as a cinematic form, focusing on the depiction of heroic masculinity. In particular, Hercules in his many incarnations has greatly influenced popular cultural interpretations of manliness and the exaggerated male form.
  • "Daniel O'Brien's work here is both foundational and invaluable. Perhaps his most profound statement about these films is his most simple: that the strongman figure, embodied in Hercules, is part of our masculine mythopoesis as surely as the intellectual problem-solver, the suave secret agent, and the mysterious foreign count. This figure thus represents our desire to supersede the bonds of our own masculinity, reflecting not the dominant arm of the patriarchy, but that which surpasses it - the mythical, mystical link between human and deity, bound up in bodies too large to readily codify. This is a text that any scholar, critic, or fan of sword-and-sandal films will want readily available for repeat consultation." - Michael G. Cornelius, Wilson College, USA
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UK-WkNB
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O'Brien, Daniel
Dewey number
791.43652
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • HERCULES.
  • Masculinity in motion pictures
  • Heroes in motion pictures
  • Human body in motion pictures
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The cinema has often showcased the muscular male body, most notably in genres invoking classical Greco-Roman culture, whether peplum, epic or sword-and-sorcery. This book reassesses the classically-inflected action film as a significant cinematic form, often marginalized in media studies, that transcends such reductive labels as camp or kitsch. The focus is on the depiction of heroic masculinity, often characterized as reactionary or fascist, yet far more varied and contradictory, especially in relation to femininity and non-whiteness. These diverse representations of masculinity offer a major contribution to debates on maleness within and beyond academia that has been largely unexplored. In particular, Hercules in his many incarnations is one of the most important mythopoetic figures, on a par with King Arthur, Robin Hood, Tarzan and James Bond, informing popular cultural interpretations of manliness and the exaggerated male form
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Classical masculinity and the spectacular body on film : the mighty sons of Hercules, Daniel O'Brien, (electronic book ;)
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Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: MEN AS MEN SHOULD BE 1. Hercules Unchained 2. Hercules Reformed 3. Hercules Diminished 4. Hercules Rebooted 5. I'm Spartacus! PART II: TAMING THE WOMEN WITH LOVE OR DEATH 6. The Loves of Hercules 7. The Temptress from Beyond 8. Fight Like a Man PART III: THIS THING OF DARKNESS 9. White Man's Burden? 10. Doom's Children 11. This is Sparta! Bibliography
Control code
9781137384713
Extent
200 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781137384713
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15 figures.
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unspecified
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  • PDF.
  • Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Label
Classical masculinity and the spectacular body on film : the mighty sons of Hercules, Daniel O'Brien, (electronic book ;)
Publication
Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: MEN AS MEN SHOULD BE 1. Hercules Unchained 2. Hercules Reformed 3. Hercules Diminished 4. Hercules Rebooted 5. I'm Spartacus! PART II: TAMING THE WOMEN WITH LOVE OR DEATH 6. The Loves of Hercules 7. The Temptress from Beyond 8. Fight Like a Man PART III: THIS THING OF DARKNESS 9. White Man's Burden? 10. Doom's Children 11. This is Sparta! Bibliography
Control code
9781137384713
Extent
200 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781137384713
Other physical details
15 figures.
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
  • PDF.
  • Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user

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