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Home Movies: The American Family in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Home Movies: The American Family in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Claire Jenkins

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The American family has long been at the centre of the typical Hollywood narrative. But the depiction of the nuclear family within contemporary mainstream US cinema has not yet been closely studied. Home Movies addresses this oversight by assessing recent cinematic representations of the family in terms of cultural politics and representations of gender, sexuality, race and class. Focusing on a diverse range of popular films - from Meet the Parents to The Incredibles - Claire Jenkins analyses the father-daughter relationship within sequels and series; Meryl Streep's embodiment of the mother; the superhero family and extraordinary manifestations of the ordinary family; disaster films which depict the president as father; 'mom-coms' and Hollywood's representations of the non-traditional family. She combines film studies, gender studies and family history to demonstrate the complexities of Hollywood's family values.

Author Info

Claire Jenkins is Lecturer in Film and Media Communications at Bath Spa University (UK). She has published work on a number of topics including superhero families, older women in Mamma Mia! and gender and clothing in popular media.


'Home Movies: The American Family in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema is a welcome addition to the growing body of work that deals with cinematic representations of the American family. Focussing in particular on the politics of family values, Jenkins makes an important intervention that broadens the scope of study into this crucially important social formation, and sheds light on an impressive range of films from across the spectrum of recent popular US film.'
Hannah Hamad, King's College London

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of the Moving Image

ISBN: 9781780761824
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2015
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 20 integrated bw illustrations

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