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straight / 'strāt (adj.) . . . without curves . . . correct . . . honest . . . not deviating from the normal . . . conventional . . . heterosexual Practically all mainstream cinema is “straight,” and has been since its inception. In Straight, Wheeler Winston Dixon explores how heterosexual performativity has been constructed in film, from early cinema to the present day. In addition to discussing how cinematic visions of masculine and feminine desire have been commodified and sold to reinforce existing societal constructs, Dixon also documents the recent emergence of “hypermasculinity,” a kinetic and exaggerated masculinity that has been created to counter the more gentle, thoughtful male portrayed in While You Were Sleeping, Sleepless in Seattle, and other films that seemingly threaten the established order of patriarchal cinematic discourse.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. STRAIGHT
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Constructing Straightness
  2. pp. 13-52
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  1. 2. Breaks in the System
  2. pp. 53-94
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  1. 3. Performativity and Rupture
  2. pp. 95-130
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  1. 4. The Commodification of Straightness
  2. pp. 131-160
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  1. WORKS CITED AND CONSULTED
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 183-204
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791487334
Related ISBN
9780791456231
MARC Record
OCLC
55896231
Pages
204
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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