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ISBN-10: 0813520037
ISBN-13: 9780813520032
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publish Date: 12/01/1993
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.50" H

Hard Bodies: Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era

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Hard Bodies looks at some of the most popular films of the Reagan era and examines how the characters, themes, and stories presented in them often helped to reinforce and disseminate the policies, programs, and beliefs of the “Reagan Revolution.” In particular, because Ronald Reagan was himself most often portrayed in terms that emphasized his strength, toughness, and assertiveness, one of the key images of the Reagan era was that of masculinity itself. But the Reagan era also promoted a concept of the nation as gendered, as strong, tough, and assertive, like the President who seemed to epitomize the United States in its confrontation with the “evil” Soviet empire, the Sandinista government, or the drug-trading cartels. Action-adventure films of the 1980s accentuated these qualities, not only as foreign policy methods but also as domestic agendas, putting forward the American “hard body” as the solution to the nation’s foreign and domestic failings. Through her illuminating and detailed analyses of both the Reagan presidency and many blockbuster movies, Susan Jeffords provides a scenario within which the successes of the New Right and the Reagan presidency can begin to be understood Rambo, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Robocop, Back to the Future, Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, Mississippi Burning, Rain Man, Batman, and Unforgiven are among the films she discusses. In her closing chapter, she suggests the direction that masculinity is taking in the 1990s.

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Details

ISBN-10: 0813520037
ISBN-13: 9780813520032
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publish Date: 12/01/1993
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.50" H
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