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Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema

Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema
Professor Andrew Spicer

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Typical Men is the first history of masculinity in film from the Second World War to 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 gives detailed readings of key films including In Which We Serve, They Made Me a Fugitive, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and From Russia With Love and investigates the performances of important male stars such as James Mason, Kenneth More, Sean Connery and Michael Caine to produce a fresh interpretation of male roles. The book brings the story up-to-date by describing the recent evolution of British films.

Table of Contents

  • The war years;
  • the twilight of the English gentleman;
  • heroes of modernity - civilian professionals;
  • the action adventurer;
  • the everyman;
  • fools and rogues;
  • criminals - spivs, delinquents and gangsters;
  • rebel males;
  • damaged men;
  • contemporary types.

Author Info

Andrew Spicer is Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture at the University of the West of England and Award Leader for MA Film Studies and European Cinema. He has published widely on aspects of British cinema.


'One of the greatest strengths of Typical Men is its ability to dramatise the rise and fall, plenitude and exhaustion, of versions of masculinity in relation to the dynamics of social history. The detail within the broad overview is rich and fascinating.'
Bruce Babington, Journal of Popular British Cinema

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Cinema and Society

ISBN: 9781860645631
Publication Date: 11 Apr 2001
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 20 b&w illustrations

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