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Classical Masculinity and the Spectacular Body on Film

The Mighty Sons of Hercules

  • Daniel O’Brien
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Daniel O’Brien
      Pages 1-20
  3. Men as Men Should Be

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
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  4. Taming the Women with Love or Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
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  5. This Thing of Darkness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-191

About this book

Introduction

The muscle-bound male body is a perennial feature of classically-inflected action cinema. This book reassesses these films as a cinematic form, focusing on the depiction of heroic masculinity. In particular, Hercules in his many incarnations has greatly influenced popular cultural interpretations of manliness and the exaggerated male form.

Keywords

Classical masculinity body bodybuilding peplum sword and sandal sword and sorcery Hercules Conan Spartacus Spartan Xena Italian cinema European cinema Steve Reeves cinema film women

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel O’Brien
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK

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