Masculine Jealousy and Contemporary Cinema

Author(s) : Candida Yates

Masculine Jealousy and Contemporary Cinema

Book Details

  • Publisher : Palgrave
  • Published : 2007
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 260
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 26669
  • ISBN 13 : 9781403986214
  • ISBN 10 : 1403986215

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Provides new insights into the relationship between masculinity and jealousy through the study of representations of male jealousy in contemporary Hollywood cinema. It argues that male jealousy has played a key role in the psycho-cultural shaping of Western masculinities and male fantasy, and can be used to explore the losses and insecurities of contemporary masculinities. Candida Yates develops that discussion through the study of representations of male jealousy in contemporary Hollywood films, where the emotional and moral outcomes of jealous triangles are now often ambiguous. Such ambiguities resonate with cultural images of 'masculinity in crisis' and the alleged feminization of masculinity within popular culture more generally. These themes are explored in depth through five film case studies where the male stars and their cultural reception in the press are discussed alongside the potential of such images for more complex and less destructive formations of masculinity and jealousy.

About the Author(s)

Candida Yates is Reader in Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London and is a Director of the Media and the Inner World research network funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is the Co-Editor of the Journal Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics and a consulting editor of the Journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and she has published widely on the themes of masculinity, emotion, politics and popular culture.

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