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New American Teenagers: The Lost Generation of Youth in 1970s Filmby Barbara Jane Brickman
Synopses & Reviews
Taking a closer look at teen film in the 1970s, New American Teenagers uncovers previously marginalized voices that rework the classically male, heterosexual American teenage story. While their parents' era defined the American teenager with the romantic male figure of James Dean, this generation of adolescents offers a dramatically altered picture of transformed gender dynamics, fluid and queered sexuality, and a chilling disregard for the authority of parent, or more specifically, patriarchal culture. Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween, and Badlands offer a reprieve from the 'straight' developmental narrative, including in the canon of study the changing definition of the American teenager. Barbara Brickman is the first to challenge the neglect of this decade in discussions of teen film by establishing the subversive potential and critical revision possible in the narratives of these new teenage voices, particularly in regards to changing notions of gender and sexuality.
The author challenges the neglect of the 1970s in studies on teen film and youth culture by locating a number of subversive and critical narratives.
About the Author
Barbara Jane Brickman is an Assistant Professor of Media and Gender Studies at the University of Alabama, U.S.A. She recently was an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of West Georgia, where she is devloped their Film Studies program. She has previously published articles on the pathologization of female teens, fantasy and the teen spectator, and the queering of fandom. Her current project focuses on the depiction of adolescents in the films of the 1970s.
Table of Contents
Introduction: New American Teenagers
Chapter One: Darktown Strutters in Transsexual Transylvania: The Exploitation and Parody of "Teenpics" in the 1970s
Chapter Two: Coming of Age in the 1970s: Revision, Fantasy, and Rage in the Teen-Girl Badlands
Chapter Three: The Queer Kid and Women's Lib
Chapter Four: Bad News Jodie, or How the Disney Family Got Freaky
Chapter Five: Brothers, Sisters, and Chainsaws: The Slasher Film as Locus for Sibling Rivalry
Conclusion: The Legacy of the New American Teenagers, or Beware of Ferris
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