Available as a Google eBook for other eReaders and tablet devices. Click icon below...
Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...
FINALIST - 2017 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBTQ Nonfiction category, presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation
Combines psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film.
Ghost Faces explores the insidious nature of homophobia even in contemporary Hollywood films that promote their own homo-tolerance and appear to destabilize hegemonic masculinity. Reframing Laura Mulvey’s and Gilles Deleuze’s paradigms and offering close readings grounded in psychoanalysis and queer theory, David Greven examines several key films and genre trends from the late 1990s forward. Movies considered range from the slasher film Scream to bromances and beta male comedies such as I Love You, Man to dramas such as Donnie Darko and 25th Hour to Rob Zombie’s remake of the horror film Halloween. Greven also traces the disturbing connections between torture porn found in such films as Hostel and gay male Internet pornography.
“...important food for thought in the postmillennial age. Highly recommended.” — CHOICE
David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1. Ghost Faces, Genre Bodies
2. The Murderous Origins of Bromance: Genre, Queer Killers, and Scream
3. “I Love You, Brom Bones”: Beta Male Comedies, Bromances, and American Culture
4. Apparitional Men: Masculinity and the Psychoanalytic Scene
5. Trick-or-Treating Alone: Rob Zombie’s Halloween
6. Torture/Porn: Hostel, Homophobia, and Gay Male Internet Pornography