Talkies, Road Movies and Chick Flicks: Gender, Genre and Film Sound in American Cinema

TitleTalkies, Road Movies and Chick Flicks: Gender, Genre and Film Sound in American Cinema
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWilkins, Heidi
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
CityEdinburgh
Abstract

Taking a socio-historical approach, Heidi Wilkins investigates a range of popular US genres including screwball comedy, the road movie and chick flicks to explore the ways that film sound can reinforce traditional assumptions about masculinity and femininity, impart ambivalent meanings to them, or even challenge and subvert the notion of gender itself. Case studies include His Girl Friday, Easy Rider and Bridesmaids. The representation of gender in film remains an intensely debated topic, particularly in academic considerations of US mainstream cinema where it is often perceived as perpetuating rigid, binary views of gender, and reinforcing patriarchal, dominant notions of masculinity and femininity. While previous scholarly discussion has focused on visual or narrative portrayals of gender, this book considers the ways that film sound - music, voice, sound effects and silence - is used to represent gender.

Short TitleTalkies, Road Movies, and Chick Flicks
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