Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Book Launch: Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie - Gender, Genre and Identity

14 November 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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

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Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie by Dr Frances Smith (Writing Lab, UCL) 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)


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