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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823230139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823230136
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,808,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Gardner on 30 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
Cornell is a feminist who has a feel for what men's vulnerabilities might be and she doesn't mind, because, well, women are human and vulernable too. Her intelligent analysis of Eastwood's tackling what it takes to be a man in the USA in his director's role is jargon-free, clear-eyed and warm. She has a background in the law, so the articulate clarity of who does what and who is the victim is weighted with a sense of the importance of choice, and moral freedom. I don't buy the use of 'oedipal' stuff in relationship to men; Lacanian Freudianism probably doesn't include the Elektra complex, i guess, where a female has neuroses about her dad like men are supposed to about their moms - but if we just step over that verbiage, we just get to real relationships among men and women and their mutual sensitivities - and how well, she says, Clint Eastwood as director gets at this.

she runs through his films, organising them around themes the stories and characters take up - from early in his career until latest possible; she is most expressly keen on 'Mystic River' and styles of male vulnerability and narcissism. she leaves out mention of Eastwood's own political aspirations, but reading this, i begin to understand the depth of the man and his engagement in his films with the big and deep themes we all look to in order to live better lives.

she is careful to note that when she does talk about his work as an actor in a film directed by someone else, that it is 'his' at a remove. many people of course feel that the actor and the character are one and the same.
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A fascinating read, highly recommended 16 Sep 2009
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If you ask someone to name ten icons of manliness, there's a high chance that Clint Eastwood would be on that list. "Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity" is a study of what is viewed as manly in today's society using the film work of Clint Eastwood as a case study. Eastwood's career is decades long and as such, his career shifts the trending attitudes of manliness from the gun slinging cowboy to the grizzled grandfather. "Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity" is a fascinating read, highly recommended.
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