“Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity” by David Greven— Contemporary Manhood on Film

Greven, David. “Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity”, (SUNY series, Horizons of Cinema), SUNY Press, 2017.

Contemporary Manhood on Film

Amos Lassen

 David Greven brings together psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film in “Ghost Faces”. We see clearly the terrible nature of homophobia even in contemporary Hollywood films that promote their own homo-tolerance and appear to destabilize hegemonic masculinity. Focusing on several key films, Greven frames his study on key films made in the 1990s David Greven examines several key films from the late 1990s forward. These include slasher film like “Scream” to bromances and beta male comedies such as “I Love You, Man” and dramas such as “Donnie Darko”. Greven also traces the disturbing connections between torture porn found in such films as Hostel and gay male Internet pornography. Below is the Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations


Introduction: Disrecognitions


  1. Ghost Faces, Genre Bodies


  1. The Murderous Origins of Bromance: Genre, Queer Killers, and Scream


  1. “I Love You, Brom Bones”: Beta Male Comedies, Bromances, and American Culture


  1. Apparitional Men: Masculinity and the Psychoanalytic Scene


  1. Trick-or-Treating Alone: Rob Zombie’s Halloween


  1. Torture/Porn: Hostel, Homophobia, and Gay Male Internet





Index Pornography

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