Teen Film: A Critical Introduction

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Berg, Jun 1, 2011 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
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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

Cover
The Teenager and Teenage Film
Inventing Teen Film
Rites of Passage
Teen Types and Stereotypes
Teenage Wasteland
Classification
Adaptability
Which TeenFilm?
Notes
Copyright

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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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