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Ageing Femininity on Screen: The Older Woman in Contemporary Cinema

Ageing Femininity on Screen: The Older Woman in Contemporary Cinema
Niall Richardson

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What can queer theory, media studies and feminism bring to our understanding of cinema's Lavender Ladies? Addressing the groundswell of scholarly interest in age and its representation, Ageing Femininity on Film explores character tropes for old women in recent film. Alongside a proliferation of negative stereotypes, like the grotesque hag or the dotty old fool, this book illuminates gentility as a key alternative. Across classics of British and American cinema since the 1980s, including Driving Miss Daisy and The Queen, ageing females are empowered by genteel manners. They are amateur sleuths, retired political figures, and everyday women who refuse to be ignored. Studying examples beyond the "politics of pity," this important book unpacks the multi-faceted relationship between gentility and feminine strength.

Author Info

Niall Richardson is Senior Lecturer and convenor of the MA in Gender and Media at the University of Sussex. He is an expert on body image in film, queer politics and the representation of gender and ageing in popular culture. His numerous publications include the co-edited collection Film and Gender (2013) and The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman: Critical and Cultural Readings (I.B.Tauris, 2008).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Gender and Popular Culture

ISBN: 9781784532802
Publication Date: 29 Jul 2018
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 26 bw integrated

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