Teen Film: A Critical Introduction

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 1, 2011 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
What makes a film a teen film? And why, when it represents such powerful
and enduring ideas about youth and adolescence, is teen film usually
viewed as culturally insignificant?

Teen film is usually
discussed as a representation of the changing American teenager,
highlighting the institutions of high school and the nuclear family, and
experiments in sexual development and identity formation. But not every
film featuring these components is a teen film and not every teen film
is American. Arguing that teen film is always a story about becoming a
citizen and a subject, Teen Film
presents a new history of the genre, surveys the existing body of
scholarship, and introduces key critical tools for discussing teen film.

Surveying a wide range of films including The Wild One, Heathers, Akira and Donnie Darko,
the book's central focus is on what kind of adolescence teen film
represents, and on teen film's capacity to produce new and influential
images of adolescence.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Histories
7
1 Modernism Cinema Adolescence
9
2 The Teenager and Teenage Film
27
3 Inventing Teen Film
45
Part II Film Teens
63
4 Rites of Passage
65
5 Teen Types and Stereotypes
83
7 Classification
121
8 Adaptability
135
9 Which TeenFilm?
149
Notes
162
Annotated Guide to Further Reading
175
Filmography includes television
177
Bibliography
183
Index
193

6 Teenage Wasteland
101
Part III Liminal Teen Film
119

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About the author (2011)

Catherine Driscoll is Associate Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, and author of Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory and Modernist Cultural Studies.

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