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Masculine Interests: Homoerotics in Hollywood Film (Film and Culture Series) Paperback – 22 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1st Edition(PB) edition (22 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231113013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231113014
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,359,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Articulates the big screen's dedication to eroticism between men, especially in movies that now belong to the film canon. Gay & Lesbian Review

About the Author

Robert Lang is associate professor of cinema at the University of Hartford. He is the author of American Film Melodrama: Griffith, Vidor, Minnelli, and editor of The Birth of a Nation. He is currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tunis.

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Lang's subtitle is slightly misleading, this book is more about the nature of masculinity in general than just homoerotics specifically; for example there is a long discussion on the dissolution of the Oedipus complex in Disney's 'Lion King' (which in itself is both brilliant and hilarious) and the nature of man as hunter/hunted in 'The Most Dangerous Game'. The essays are in general well thought out, the films Lang has selected are from an array of different eras, genres and styles, and his writing is very fluent and engaging. The main criticism I'd levy is that Lang is heavily influenced by Freudian and Lacanian thinking, and he offers interpretations based on (particularly) Freudian thesises without pausing to critique his model: as such any criticism which can be levelled at Freud can equally be turned on this collection, for example his dismissive and reductive view of the female characters trivialises their significance to the plotlines of the films which he is attempting to analyse. Personally I don't have much time for Freudian thought as a serious, modern model of male/female or masculine/feminine development, therefore I was probably more sensitive to Lang's over-reliance on it, but I found it reductive to focus on the male characters to the exclusion (or trivialisation) of the female, but overall it was a small gripe as Lang's engaging tone makes this a truly readable book.
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