Reading the Bromance
Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
...It has been a privilege, an honor, and a joy to work with such a talented and dedicated group of authors on this project, and I feel lucky to be associated with all of them. I offer special thanks to Barry Keith Grant and Annie Martin at Wayne State University Press for their confidence...
...August 2011 marked the release of a new iPhone and Android app designed for straight males in major metropolitan areas who were searching for opportunities to connect, meet, and hang out with other straight men. App...
I. ANTICIPATING THE BROMANTIC TURN
1. Second Bananas and Gay Chicken: Bromancing the Rom-Com in the Fifties and Now
...After a frenzied marital dispute over accusations of infidelity, George finds himself soaking wet, pajama-clad, and locked out of his home. Still clutching the bottle of champagne that had been intended for a romantic evening...
2. Grumpy Old Men: “Bros Before Hos”
...Ramin Setoodeh to “officially declare that bromance is the new romantic comedy.” Setoodeh admits, “Buddy comedies are nothing new, but the bromance shows us that straight guys, even without the aid of a high-speed car chase...
3. Fears of a Millennial Masculinity: Scream’s Queer Killers
...1990s can be seen in current representation. The emergent genre of the bromance provides ample evidence that this 1990s queerness has reshaped the ways in which straight masculinity can be represented, chiefly by making same-sex desire and even genital contact between males a threatening...
II. THE CONTEMPORARY CINEMATIC BROMANCE
4. I Love You, Hombre: Y tu mamá también as Border-Crossing Bromance
...that delineates a specific group of people) from more “universalizing” aspects of homosexuality (engrained within a spectrum that encompasses all erotic desires and helping structure the ways we talk about, think about, and enact...
5. From Dostana to Bromance: Buddies in Hindi Commercial Cinema Reconsidered
...this chapter, I trace the transformations that have attended to male homosocial friendships in Hindi commercial cinema from the 1970s to the present. Needless to say, much has changed for the popular film in India over the last four decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, the period the first half...
6. From Batman to I Love You, Man: Queer Taste, Vulgarity, and the Bromance as Sensibility and Film Genre
...distinction between “straight” and “gay” evermore confusing. A dated, camp example concretizes the bromance’s playful, comedic dance around the closet door: a photo of Batman and Robin from the 1966 series. Once the “wish dream...
7. Rad Bromance (or I Love You, Man, but We Won’t Be Humping on Humpday)
...powerful—the admission of the romantic/erotic impulses in male bonding or the denial of any nonheterosexual impulses in the bros? Why does it matter? Why is an entire genre of films dedicated to the exploration of this admission/denial? The...
8. Queerness and Futurity in Superbad
...relationship between such characters. Since the start of the new century, however, many critics and filmmakers have striven to expand the definition of queerness in cinema beyond matters of representation, such that “queerness” has...
9. Becoming Bromosexual: Straight Men, Gay Men, and Male Bonding on U.S. TV
...Jenner’s go-to guy friends. “I found out the hard way that it’s tough to find a true friend,” Brody explains in the show’s introductory sequence, alluding to the well publicized break up between himself and Spence Pratt, his...
10. The Bromance Stunt in House
...Writing in 1925 about the modern appeal of travel, Siegfried Kracauer noted among the bourgeoisie a “preference for the exotic, which one is eager to discover because it is completely different and not because it has already become an image...
11. “This ain’t about your money, bro. Your boy gave you up”: Bromance and Breakup in HBO’s The Wire
...Democracy is at the heart of the program, to the extent that viewers find themselves caring about 20 characters almost equally. But so few of these characters are women, and the female characters that do emerge aren’t...
...Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. His teaching and research encompass narrative cinema in several eras and traditions, with particular emphasis on queer theory, feminism, popular film criticism, and twentieth-century American literature...