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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 feminism, queer theory and media studies bring to our understanding of cinema and television's older leading ladies? Addressing the groundswell of scholarly interest in age and its representation, Ageing Femininity analyses contemporary screen depictions of older women that have attempted to challenge the history of negative stereotypes such as the grotesque hag or the dotty old dear. Studying recent examples of age-affirmation film and television, this important book considers how issues of cinematic genre (ranging from heritage cinema to the action movie), narrative, aesthetics and strategies of performance, such as age camp and age drag, can promote a sensibility of "successful ageing" on the screen.

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).


`The author should be congratulated for producing such a rich, diverse and... well-integrated study.'
Martin Shingler, Senior Lecturer in Film and Radio, University of Sunderland, `Taking in everything from witticism-spouting Dowager Countesses to gun-toting action heroines, Ageing Femininity on Screen is ... essential reading for those interested in questions of gender and age in relation to contemporary media.'
Melanie Williams, Reader in Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia, `This lucid and bold book offers a refreshing and welcome `queering' to a growing body of scholarship concerned with narrative film, stardom, gender and ageing. Richardson deftly rehearses and qualifies established concerns with celebrity culture's rejuvenatory imperative and hagsploitation's abjected stereotypes by highlighting the age affirmative, feminised performances offered by musicals, action and heritage cinema, while his queer approach to stardom successfully unsettles dominant heteronormativity and the gender binary as he playfully teases out the instabilities of the age, camp, drag and effeminacy nexus. Clearly written, devoid of jargon and with a carefully nuanced eye to the complexities of `ageing femininity', this book deserves to be widely read'.
Dr. Josephine Dolan. Visiting Reader with the Research Centre for Women, Ageing and Media, University of Gloucestershire

Bibliographic Info

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

ISBN: 9781784532802
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2018
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 26 bw integrated

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