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- DescriptionIn this risk-taking book, a major feminist philosopher engages the work of the actor and director who has progressed from being the stereotypical GCGBPmanGCOs manGC[yen] to pushing the boundaries of the very genresGCothe Western, the police thriller, the war or boxing movieGComost associated with American masculinity. CornellGCOs highly appreciative encounter with the films directed by Clint Eastwood revolve around the questions GCGBPWhat is it to be a good man?GC[yen] and GCGBPWhat is it to be, t just an ethical person, but specifically an ethical man?GC[yen] Focusing on Eastwood as a director rather than as an actor or cultural icon, she studies Eastwood in relation to major philosophical and ethical themes that have been articulated in her own lifeGCOs work. In her fresh and revealing readings of the films, Cornell takes up pressing issues of masculinity as it is caught up in the very definition of ideas of revenge, violence, moral repair, and justice. Eastwood grapples with this involvement of masculinity in and through many of the great symbols of American life, including cowboys, boxing, police dramas, and ultimately warGCoperhaps the single greatest symbol of what it means (or is supposed to mean) to be a man. Cornell discusses films from across EastwoodGCOs career, from his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me to Million Dollar Baby. CornellGCOs book is t a traditional book of film criticism or a cinematographic biography. Rather, it is a work of social commentary and ethical philosophy. In a world in which we seem to be losing our grip on shared symbols, along with community itself, EastwoodGCOs films work with the fragmented symbols that remain to us in order to engage masculinity with the most profound moral and ethical issues facing us today.
- Author BiographyDrucilla Cornell is National Research Foundation Professor in Customary Law, Indigenous Ideals, and the Dignity Jurisprudence at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University.
- Author(s)Drucilla Cornell
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2009
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight329 g
- Width150 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine15 mm
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