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IAS Book Launch: Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie

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Rethinking The Hollywood Teen Movie: Gender, Genre and Identity by Frances Smith

An analysis of the Hollywood Teen Movie from a variety of key theoretical perspectives

Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie is the first academic monograph to consider the aesthetic and narrative potential of this highly popular, yet often overlooked, film genre. Reconsidering tropes such as the male juvenile delinquent figure, the makeover and the teen vampire, the book uses a series of detailed case studies of key films like Rebel Without a Cause, Grease, Heathers and Twilight to explore the genre’s relation to key critical concepts of intersectionality, postfeminism and the posthuman, and provides an innovative overview of the Hollywood teen movie and its construction of teen identity.

"Smith’s work here is distinctively knowledgeable, and it will be highly valued among the evolving studies of youth cinema.  The genre needs some rethinking, and Smith delivers in her analysis with cogent insights, solid research, and significant aesthetic perspectives that other surveys have elided."

- Timothy Shary, author of Generation Multiplex (2002; 2014) and Teen Movies (2005)

https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-rethinking-the-hollywood-teen-movie.html

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