Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity In A Postmodern Age by Shannon R. WoodenPixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity In A Postmodern Age by Shannon R. Wooden

Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity In A Postmodern Age

byShannon R. Wooden, Ken Gillam

Paperback | August 4, 2016

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Since Toy Story, its first feature in 1995, Pixar Animation Studios has produced a string of commercial and critical successes including Monsters, Inc.; WALL-E; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Cars; and Up. In nearly all of these films, male characters are prominently featured, usually as protagonists. Despite obvious surface differences, these figures often follow similar narratives toward domestic fulfillment and civic engagement. However, these characters are also hypermasculine types whose paths lead to postmodern social roles more revelatory of the current "crisis" that sociologists and others have noted in boy culture. In Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Postmodern Age, Shannon R. Wooden and Ken Gillam examine how boys become men and how men measure up in films produced by the animation giant. Offering counterintuitive readings of boy culture, this book describes how the films quietly but forcefully reiterate traditional masculine norms in terms of what they praise and what they condemn. Whether toys or ants, monsters or cars, Pixar's males succeed or fail according to the "boy code," the relentlessly policed gender standards rampant in American boyhood. Structured thematically around major issues in contemporary boy culture, the book discusses conformity, hypermasculinity, social hierarchies, disability, bullying, and an implicit critique of postmodern parenting. Unprecedented in its focus on Pixar and boys in its films, this book offers a valuable perspective to current conversations about gender and cinema. Providing a critical discourse about masculine roles in animated features, Pixar's Boy Stories will be of interest to scholars of film, media, and gender studies and to parents.
Shannon R. Wooden is professor of English at Missouri State University, where she teaches British literature, critical theory, disability studies, and literature and medicine. Ken Gillam is Director of Composition at Missouri State University, where he teaches composition theory and writing pedagogy.
Title:Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity In A Postmodern AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8.93 × 5.96 × 0.56 inPublished:August 4, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442275650

ISBN - 13:9781442275652

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Feminist Approach to Boy CultureChapter 1: Postfeminist Nostalgia for Pre-Sputnik Cowboys Chapter 2: Superior Bodies and Blue-Collar Brawn: "Real" and Rhetorical Manhoods Chapter 3: "I am Speed": Athleticism, Competition, and the Bully SocietyChapter 4: "Hey, double prizes!" Pixar's Boy Villains' Gifts and Intensities Chapter 5: Ornamental Masculinity and the Commodity-SelfChapter 6: "She don't love you no more": Bad Boys and Worse ParentsWorks CitedAbout the AuthorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Pixar's Boy Stories is an important contribution to boyhood and childhood studies. . . .The authors find some interesting patterns in presenting stereotypical jocks and nerds, often overlooked by critics and the general public. The book is well-written and captivating.