Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 25, 2003 - History - 264 pages
Typical Men is the first history of masculinity in British film from World War II to the end of the 1990s. It explores in detail the changing nature of the dominant male cultural types: the debonair gentleman, the Byronic hero, the Angry Young Man, the delinquent, the maladjusted veteran, villains, and comic fools. Typical Men contains fresh interpretations of key films including In Which We Serve, They Made Me a Fugitive, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and the Bond films. It also provides stimulating commentary on the performances of important male stars such as James Mason, Kenneth More, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The War Years
7
The Twilight of the English Gentleman
28
Civilian Professionals
47
The Action Adventurer
65
The Everyman
80
Fools and Rogues
102
Spivs Delinquents and Gangsters
126
Rebel Males
145
Damaged Men
161
Contemporary Types
184
Conclusion
201
Select Bibliography
225
Film Index
236
General Index
243
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Andrew Spicer is Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, University of the West of England.

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