Cool Men and the Second Sex

Kobo ebook | June 19, 2012

bySusan Fraiman

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Academic superstars Andrew Ross, Edward Said, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Bad boy filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, and Brian de Palma. What do these influential contemporary figures have in common? In Cool Men and the Second Sex, Susan Fraiman identifies them all with "cool masculinity" and boldly unpacks the gender politics of their work.

According to Fraiman, "cool men" rebel against a mainstream defined as maternal. Bad boys resist the authority of women and banish mothers to the realm of the uncool. As a result, despite their hipness -- or because of it -- these men too often feel free to ignore the insights of feminist thinkers. Through subtle close readings, Fraiman shows that even Gates, champion of black women's writing, and even queer theorists bent on undoing gender binaries, at times end up devaluing women in favor of men and masculinity.

A wide-ranging and fair-minded analysis, Cool Men acknowledges the invaluable contributions of its subjects while also deciphering the gender codes and baring the contradictions implicit in their work. Affirming the legacy of second-wave feminist scholars and drawing as well on the intersectional work of third-wavers, Cool Men helps to reinvent feminist critique for the twenty-first century.

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Academic superstars Andrew Ross, Edward Said, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Bad boy filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, and Brian de Palma. What do these influential contemporary figures have in common? In Cool Men and the Second Sex, Susan Fraiman identifies them all with "cool masculinity" and boldly unpacks the gender politics of ...

Susan Fraiman is professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development, also published by Columbia.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231503326

ISBN - 13:9780231503327

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Table of Contents

1.Quentin Tarantino: Anatomy of Cool
2.Spike Lee and Brian De Palma: Scenarios of Race and Rape
3.Edward Said: Gender, Culture, and Imperialism
4.Andrew Ross: The Romance of the Bad Boy
5.Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Figures in Black Masculinity
6.Queer Theory and the Second Sex
Postscript: Doing the Right Thing

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Bad girls will cackle; good girls may cringe: a must-read for both! Susan Fraiman rounds up not the usual suspects, but some of the most influential stars on the cinematic and academic circuit for a rousing feminist critique.