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Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema


Part of the Global Masculinities book series (GLMAS)

About this book


Spanning a broad trajectory, from the New Gaelic Man of post-independence Ireland to the slick urban gangsters of contemporary productions, this study traces a significant shift from idealistic images of Irish manhood to a much more diverse and gender-politically ambiguous range of male identities on the Irish screen.


cinema film gender

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityIreland

About the authors

DEBBIE GING is Lecturer in film and media studies and Chairperson of the MA in Film and Television Studies at Dublin City University's School of Communications, Ireland. She has published extensively on issues of gender in the media and is co-author of Transforming Ireland: Challenges, Critiques, Resources (2009).

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'This book is a significant addition to the literature on cinematic Irishness and its focus on the representation of masculinity sets it apart from previous scholarship. An impressive range of case study films and Ging's adroit ability to set them in dynamic comparative relation yields a new and timely history of Irish cinema focused on the interplay of national and gendered identities. This will be a standard text in Irish media studies.'

- Diane Negra, Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture, University College Dublin.

'Debbie Ging has written an important, timely and sharply focused study which delineates the shifting contours in the representation of masculinity in Irish cinema. Covering the whole of its history, Ging relates the changes in cinematic masculinities to broader social and cultural debates and shows the importance of images of men to the construction of national identities. This ambitious study fills an important gap in the literature on Irish cinema and makes a thoughtful contribution to the expanding corpus of studies of men on film.'

- Andrew Spicer, Reader in Cultural History, University of the West of England (Bristol), author of Typical Men: Masculinity in British Cinema

'Long marginalized in stereotypic representations, the emergence of a distinctively Irish cinema also heralded new, locally produced images of Irish masculinities that span a far wider range than before. Debbie Ging uses this history as a lens through which to view the emergence of Ireland itself as a significant cultural force in Europe and the world - and a contributor of gendered identities that are both original and worthy of emulation.'

- Michael Kimmel, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, State University of New York, author of Manhood in America