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Cable Guys

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The emergence of "male-centered serials" such as The Shield, Rescue Me, and Sons Of Anarchy and the challenges these characters fa... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

The emergence of "male-centered serials" such as The Shield, Rescue Me, and Sons Of Anarchy and the challenges these characters face in negotiating modern masculinities. From the meth-dealing but devoted family man Walter White of AMC's Breaking Bad, to the part-time basketball coach, part-time gigolo Ray Drecker of HBO's Hung, depictions of male characters perplexed by societal expectations of men and anxious about changing American masculinity have become standard across the television landscape. Engaging with a wide variety of shows, including The League, Dexter, and Nip/Tuck, among many others, Amanda D. Lotz identifies the gradual incorporation of second-wave feminism into prevailing gender norms as the catalyst for the contested masculinities on display in contemporary cable dramas.

Examining the emergence of "male-centered serials such as The Shield, Rescue Me, and Sons of Anarchy and the challenges these characters face in negotiating modern masculinities, Lotz analyzes how these shows combine feminist approaches to fatherhood and marriage with more traditional constructions of masculine identity that emphasize men's role as providers. She explores the dynamics of close male friendships both in groups, as in Entourage and Men of a Certain Age, wherein characters test the boundaries between the homosocial and homosexual in their relationships with each other, and in the dyadic intimacy depicted in Boston Legal and Scrubs. Cable Guys provides a much needed look into the under-considered subject of how constructions of masculinity continue to evolve on television.



Autorentext

Amanda D. Lotz is Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Television Will Be Revolutionized, Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century (NYU Press), and Redesigning Women: Television After the Network Era, co-author of Understanding Media Industries and Television Studies, and editor of Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era.



Inhalt

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Understanding Men on Television
2. Trying to Man Up: Struggling with Contemporary Masculinities in Cable's Male-Centered Serials
3. Any Men and Outlaws: The Unbearable Burden of Straight White Man
4. Where Men Can Be Men: The Homosocial Enclave and Jocular Policing of Masculinity
5. Dynamic Duos: Hetero Intimacy and the New Male
Friendship
Conclusion: Is It the End of Men as We Know Them?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Produktinformationen

Titel: Cable Guys
Untertitel: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century
Autor:
EAN: 9781479800582
ISBN: 978-1-4798-0058-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: NYU Press
Genre: Medien, Kommunikation
Anzahl Seiten: 251
Veröffentlichung: 31.03.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.0 MB

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