Generation multiplex : the image of youth in contemporary American cinema

Timothy Shary

When teenagers began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed. Multiplex theaters offered teens a wide array of perspectives on the coming-of-age experience, as well as an escape into the alternative worlds of science fiction and horror. Youth films remained a popular and profitable genre through the 1990s, offering teens a place to reflect on their evolving identities from adolescence to adulthood while simultaneously shaping and maintaining those identities. Drawing examples from hundreds of popular and lesser-known youth-themed films, Timothy Shary here offers a comprehensive examination of the representation of teenagers in American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He focuses on five subgenres- school, delinquency, horror, science, and romance/sexuality - to explore how they represent teens and their concerns, how these representations change over time, and how youth movies both mirror and shape societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles.He concludes that while some teen films continue to exploit various notions of youth sexuality and violence, most teen films of the past generation have shown an increasing diversity of adolescent experiences and have been sympathetic to the particular challenges that teens face.

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  • Foreword by David Considine
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: The Cinematic Image of Youth
  • Social Representation and Genre Analysis
  • The Study of Youth, In and Out of Movies
  • Chapter 2. Youth in School: Academics and Attitude
  • Trends in the Subgenre
  • Schoolkids
  • Delinquents and Their Avenues of Anger
  • Resisting Rebels
  • The Labor of Being Popular
  • The Sensitive Athlete
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Delinquent Youth: Having Fun, On the Loose, In Trouble
  • Trends in the Subgenre
  • Delinquent Styles
  • Deviant Dancing
  • Natural Encounters
  • Patriotic Purpose
  • Tough Girls
  • The African American Crime Drama
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. The Youth Horror Film: Slashers and the Supernatural
  • Historical Context of the Youth Horror Subgenre
  • Trends in the Subgenre
  • Research on the Youth Horror Film
  • Styles of the Youth Horror Film
  • The Slasher/Stalker Film
  • Supernatural Movies
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Youth and Science: Technology, Computers, Games
  • The Three Dimensions
  • Simple Science
  • Games and Computers
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Youth in Love and Having Sex
  • Contexts and Trends
  • Patterns and Images
  • Youth in Love
  • Youth Having Sex
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Conclusion: Youth Cinema at the Millennium
  • Appendix A. Filmography of Youth Films, 1980 -2001
  • Appendix B. Subjective Superlative Lists
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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書名 Generation multiplex : the image of youth in contemporary American cinema
著作者等 Shary Timothy
出版元 University of Texas Press
刊行年月 c2002
ページ数 xvi, 330 p.
大きさ 23cm
ISBN 029277771X
NCID BA59731215
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国