Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema
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Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema

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While films such as Rambo, Thelma and Louise and Basic Instinct have operated as major points of cultural reference in recent years, popular action cinema remains neglected within contemporary film criticism.
Spectacular Bodies unravels the complexities and pleasures of a genre often dismissed as obvious' in both its pleasure and its politics, arguing that these controversi...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 7th 1993 by Routledge
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I really liked how Tasker rejected the ideas of male/masculinity vs. female/femininity in favor of a more shifting and complex reading in action films. Like, for example, she doesn't see Ripley as a "man in drag" like other critics have claimed, but as a "musculinized" heroine acting within genre conventions. I think she could have taken some of her ideas further instead of just opposing previous ideas, though. (maybe she does in her other books) I also don't think there was cohension between ch...more
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So. I'm working on an essay about feminism in Resident Evil. Yes, it's weird inside my head - why do you ask?
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