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Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in Contemporary American Cinema

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"Generation Multiplex represents an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between youth and the mass media, in this case movies. From both a personal and a professional perspective, I welcome this work which builds on themes and issues I addressed in The Cinema of Adolescence in 1985." --from the Foreword When teenagers began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed. Multiplex theaters offered teens a wide array of perspectives on the coming-of-age experience, as well as an escape into the alternative worlds of science fiction and horror. Youth films remained a popular and profitable genre through the 1990s, offering teens a place to reflect on their evolving identities from adolescence to adulthood while simultaneously shaping and maintaining those identities. Drawing examples from hundreds of popular and lesser-known youth-themed films, Timothy Shary here offers a comprehensive examination of the representation of teenagers in American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He focuses on five subgenres--school, delinquency, horror, science, and romance/sexuality--to explore how they represent teens and their concerns, how these representations change over time, and how youth movies both mirror and shape societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles. He concludes that while some teen films continue to exploit various notions of youth sexuality and violence, most teen films of the past generation have shown an increasing diversity of adolescent experiences and have been sympathetic to the particular challenges that teens face.

Synopsis:

Generation Multiplex represents an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between youth and the mass media, in this case movies. From both a personal and a professional perspective, I welcome this work which builds on themes and issues I addressed in The Cinema of Adolescence in 1985. --from the Foreword When teenagers began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed. Multiplex theaters offered teens a wide array of perspectives on the coming-of-age experience, as well as an escape into the alternative worlds of science fiction and horror. Youth films remained a popular and profitable genre through the 1990s, offering teens a place to reflect on their evolving identities from adolescence to adulthood while simultaneously shaping and maintaining those identities. Drawing examples from hundreds of popular and lesser-known youth-themed films, Timothy Shary here offers a comprehensive examination of the representation of teenagers in American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He focuses on five subgenres--school, delinquency, horror, science, and romance/sexuality--to explore how they represent teens and their concerns, how these representations change over time, and how youth movies both mirror and shape societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles. He concludes that while some teen films continue to exploit various notions of youth sexuality and violence, most teen films of the past generation have shown an increasing diversity of adolescent experiences and have been sympathetic to the particular challenges that teens face.

Table of Contents

The cinematic image of youth — Youth in school : academics and attitude — Delinquent youth : having fun, on the loose, in trouble — The youth horror film : slashers and the supernatural — Youth and science : technology, computers, games — Youth in love and having sex — Youth cinema at the millennium — Appendix A. Filmography of youth films, 1980-2001 — Appendix B. Subjective superlative lists.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292777712
Foreword:
Considine, David
Author:
Considine, David
Foreword by:
Considine, David
Foreword:
Considine, David
Author:
Shary, Timothy
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Youth in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
2,33
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
348
Dimensions:
9.08x6.30x.87 in. 1.27 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Generation Multiplex represents an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between youth and the mass media, in this case movies. From both a personal and a professional perspective, I welcome this work which builds on themes and issues I addressed in The Cinema of Adolescence in 1985. --from the Foreword When teenagers began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed. Multiplex theaters offered teens a wide array of perspectives on the coming-of-age experience, as well as an escape into the alternative worlds of science fiction and horror. Youth films remained a popular and profitable genre through the 1990s, offering teens a place to reflect on their evolving identities from adolescence to adulthood while simultaneously shaping and maintaining those identities. Drawing examples from hundreds of popular and lesser-known youth-themed films, Timothy Shary here offers a comprehensive examination of the representation of teenagers in American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He focuses on five subgenres--school, delinquency, horror, science, and romance/sexuality--to explore how they represent teens and their concerns, how these representations change over time, and how youth movies both mirror and shape societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles. He concludes that while some teen films continue to exploit various notions of youth sexuality and violence, most teen films of the past generation have shown an increasing diversity of adolescent experiences and have been sympathetic to the particular challenges that teens face.
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