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Masculinity and Popular Television (Paperback)

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This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key debates concerning the representation of masculinities in a wide range of popular television genres. The volume looks at the depiction of public masculinity in the soap opera, homosexuality in the situation comedy, the portrayal of fatherhood in prime-time animation, emerging manhood in the supernatural teen text, alternative gender roles in science fiction, male authority in the police series, masculine anxieties in the hospital drama, violence and aggression in sports coverage, ordinariness and emotional connectedness in the reality game show, and domesticity in lifestyle television. Masculinity and Popular Television examines the ways in which masculinities are being constructed, circulated and interrogated in contemporary British and American programming, and considers the ways in which such images can be understood in relation to the 'common sense' model of the hegemonic male that is said to dominate the cultural landscape.Key Features*Offers a clear and comprehensive overview of existing theoretical debates concerning the representation of masculinities on the small screen.*Explores various representations of masculinities across a wide range of popular television genres. *Draws on a broad range of today's most critically and commercially successful television programmes in order to make the volume both accessible and enjoyable for the reader.

About the Author

Rebecca Feasey is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communications at Bath Spa University. She has previously published in the areas of cult film, celebrity culture, contemporary Hollywood stardom and the representation of gender in popular television.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780748627981
ISBN-10: 0748627987
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2009
Pages: 192
Language: English