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Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

  • Joel Gwynne
  • Nadine Muller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

    1. Joel Gwynne, Nadine Muller
      Pages 1-10
  3. Postfeminist Femininities

  4. Postfeminist Masculinities

  5. Postfeminism and Genre

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 256-257

About this book


By analyzing the negotiation of femininities and masculinities within contemporary Hollywood cinema, Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema presents diverse interrogations of popular cinema and illustrates the need for a renewed scholarly focus on contemporary film production.


cinema feminism film Hollywood women

Editors and affiliations

  • Joel Gwynne
    • 1
  • Nadine Muller
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNTUSingapore
  2. 2.Liverpool John Moores UniversityUK

About the editors

Benjamin A. Brabon, Edge Hill University, UK Clara Bradbury-Rance, postgraduate researcher, UK Alexia L. Bowler, Swansea University, UK Amy Burns, postgraduate researcher, UK Katherine Farrimond, Newcastle University, UK Martin Fradley, University of Aberdeen and Manchester University, UK Vincent M. Gaine is an independent researcher, UK Joel Gwynne, National Institute of Education, Singapore Hannah Hamad, King's College, London, UK Katharina Lindner, University of Stirling, UK Ana Moya, University of Barcelona, Spain Nadine Muller, Liverpool John Moores University, UK Lauren Jade Thompson, postgraduate researcher, UK Helen Warner, University of East Anglia, UK Imelda Whelehan, University of Tasmania, Australia

Bibliographic information


"This is an exciting collection that helps to disentangle the threads of feminism, neo-feminism and postfeminism in contemporary Hollywood cinema. Focusing on emergent masculinities as well as new (and old) femininities and the rise and rise of 'the girl', it helps to illuminate the way gender is figured in popular film. A welcome addition to the field highly recommended for anyone with an interest in gender at the movies." - Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, King's College London, UK

"Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema offers a refreshing intervention into scholarship on postfeminism by turning a keen eye to previously neglected, but nevertheless key, areas in which postfeminism operates including independent film, depictions of masculinities, sports films, and aging while also offering an up-to-date look at a broad range of popular films. As a result, the collection moves our understanding of postfeminism forward in important and nuanced ways." - Sarah Projansky, Professor of Film, University of Utah, USA

"This book provides a thorough account of how different forms of postfeminist subjectivity manifest themselves in contemporary Hollywood cinema. It offers at the same time a critical understanding of postfeminism as a key 'cultural condition." - Franka Heise, Review Journal for the Study of Culture