Synopses & Reviews
The father is one of the central figures of Hollywood narrative. The first book to examine cinematic representations of the father, Bringing Up Daddy offers a broad perspective on the Hollywood dad by looking at important Hollywood fathers from World War II to the present. The book looks at films decade by decade and adopts a multi-faceted theoretical approach, making use of psychoanalysis, sociology and masculinity studies and contextualizing the father figure within both Hollywood and American history. Key films include: Since You Went Away, Teresa, The Search, Father of the Bride, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Home from the Hill, Cape Fear, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, The Great Santini, Kramer vs. Kramer, Ordinary People, Die Hard, Terminator, Three Men and a Baby, Boyz n the Hood, Magnolia, Happiness, and American Beauty. In its treatment of the father, this unique study discusses why the father is such a seminal character in so many narratives and what he has come to symbolize and represent.
Offering a broad perspective on the Hollywood dad, looking at important Hollywood fathers and discussing films from many genres, this book adopts a multi-faceted theoretical approach, making use of psychoanalysis, sociology and masculinity studies and contextualising the father figure within both Hollywood and American history.
About the Author
Stella Bruzzi is Professor of Film Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London and her previous publications include Undressing Cinema: Clothing and Identity in the Movies, Routledge 1997; New Documentary: A Critical Introduction, Routledge 2000; Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis (co-edited), Routledge 2000
Table of Contents
Chapter Headings--1. Since You Went Away: Fatherhood, Change and the Second World War--2. The Age of the Patriarch: Fathers, Generation and Traditionalism in the 1950s--3. Revolution and Feminist Unrest: Fatherhood Under Attack in the 1960s and 1970s--4. Out of the Past: The Return of Tradition and Masculinity in the 1980s--5. The Next Best Thing: Men in Crisis and the Pluralisation of Fatherhood in the 1990s and 2000s.