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[Commlist] Ageing Masculinities in Film and Literature: publications

Fri Mar 01 16:43:22 GMT 2024

we are delighted to let you know that two volumes from our recent MascAge research project on Ageing Masculinities in Film and Literature are now available in *paperback*. We hope they may be of interest and value to others working in the field.

*Ageing Masculinities in Contemporary European and Anglophone Cinema *

Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Visual Culture

Ageing Masculinities in Contemporary European and Anglophone Cinema

This volume offers a unique exploration of how ageing masculinities are constructed and represented in contemporary international cinema.

With chapters spanning a range of national cinemas, the primarily European focus of the book is juxtaposed with analysis of the social and cultural constructions of manhood and the "anti-ageing" impulses of male stardom in contemporary Hollywood. These themes are inflected in different ways throughout the volume, from considering how old age is not the monolithic and unified life stage with which it is often framed, to exploring issues of queerness, sexuality, and asexuality, as well as themes such as national cinema and dementia.

Offering a diverse and multifaceted portrait of ageing and masculinity in contemporary cinema, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of film and screen studies, gender and masculinity studies, and cultural gerontology.

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

1. Introduction: Ageing Masculinities in Contemporary European and Anglophone Cinema
Tony Tracy and Michaela Schrage-Früh

2. The Ageing of Men on Film: Concepts and Perspectives
Michael Kimmel

3. “Using the Difficulty”: Michael Caine as Ageing Rebel
Robert Shail

4. “A Porcelain Feeling”: Performance and Ageing in the Very Late Films of John Gielgud
Jonathan Stubbs

5. Ageing Disgracefully: Depardieu, Hallyday, Luchini, and Silver Linings in Recent French Cinema
Phil Powrie

6. Jean Rochefort as Ageing Star: Masculinity and Masquerade
Philip Dine

7. From Mustang to 2CV: Ageing in Claude Lelouch’s Un homme et une femme Trilogy
Éamon Ó Cofaigh

8. Ageing Male Melodrama and Post-Soviet Generational Conflict in Contemporary Estonian Cinema
Teet Teinemaa

9. Restitution and Ageing Masculinities in Post-1989 Czech Cinema
Matthew Sweney

10. The (Im-)Possibility of Solidarity: Narratives of Ageing, Masculinity, and Intergenerational Relationships in the German Comedies We Are the New Ones (2014) and Granny Nanny (2020)
Lisa-Nike Bühring

11. Ageing, Masculinity, and the Absurd in Toni Erdmann (2016)
Michael Stewart

12. “What Makes Us Alive”: The Ageing Artist in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (2013) and Youth (2015)
Manuel Barberá

13. Masculinity, Creativity, and Successful Ageing in Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory (2019)
Heather Jerónimo

14. Ageing Myths and Dark Romanticism in Albert Serra’s Story of My Death (2013)
Esther Zaplana

15. Male Ageing and Retribution in Contemporary Action Thrillers
Thomas Britt

16. De-ageing and Denying the "Older Man" in Recent Hollywood
Timothy Shary

17. Our Fathers: Ageing Masculinities and Dementia in Contemporary Film
Tony Tracy


Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Visual Culture

This book engages with ageing masculinities in Irish literature and visual culture, including fiction, drama, poetry, painting, and documentary. Exploring the shifting representations of older men from the early twentieth century to the present, the contributors analyse how a broad range of literary and visual texts construct, reinscribe, or challenge perceptions of older age. In doing so, they trace a shift from depictions of authority figures - often symbolising patriarchal dominance and oppression - to more nuanced, complex, and heterogeneous explorations of older men’s embodied subjectivities and vulnerabilities. Exploring artists and writers such as Seán Keating, J.M. Synge, Teresa Deevy, Marina Carr, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, Kate O’Brien, John Banville, Colm Tóibín, Bernard MacLaverty, Mike McCormack, Anne Griffin, and Claire Keegan, the chapters in this book attend to the symbolic as well as social significance of older men in Irish cultural expression.

Introduction: Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Visual Culture

        Michaela Schrage-Früh and Tony Tracy


Taking the "Black Stick": Ageing Husbands and Fathers in the Plays of J. M. Synge and Teresa Deevy

        Mária Kurdi

"Are all the monks old men?" Ageing and the Male Monastic Community in Brian Friel’s The Enemy Within

        Giovanna Tallone


Father Ireland on Stage: Representations of Social Change and Ageing Masculinities in Crisis

        Ciara L. Murphy


Poetics at the Limit: Embodiment, Masculinities, and Ageing in Samuel Beckett’s Early Poetry Collection Echo’s Bones

        Heike Hartung

Masculinity, Ageing, and Midlife Crisis in the Poetry of Paul Muldoon and Paul Durcan

        Anne Karhio

Not Sailing to Byzantium: Aged Masculinities and Latour’s Matters of Concern in the Late Works of Irish Male Poets

        Katarzyna Ostalska



"That the Youth May Throw Us Aside": Fatherhood, Ageing Masculinities, and the Politics of Insecurity in Mid-Twentieth-Century Irish Fiction

        Loic Wright

Stuck in the Old Times: A Male-character Analysis on Three Irish Novels Through Corpus Stylistics

        Cassandra S. Tully

Uncanny Reflections: Older Widowers in John Banville’s The Sea, Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture and Anne Griffin’s When All is Said

        Michaela Schrage-Früh

"Caught suddenly by the land shifting": Ageing Masculinity and Rural Ireland in Recent Irish Short Fiction

        Orlaith Darling


"A bridge to nowhere": Arrested Development, Trauma, Liminality, and the Ageing Irish Exile in Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break

        Clare Brannigan

"Shades of Masculinities": Midlife and Caring Masculinity in Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones

        Brenda O’Connell

        Colm Tóibín and Henry James: Portrait of an Ageing Master

        Heather Ingman



        Seán Keating’s Ireland – the Land of Old Men

        Katarzyna Kociołek

        Ageing Masculinities and Irish Traditional Music on Screen

        Verena Commins and Méabh Ní Fhuartháin

Changing the Picture: Older Men’s Responses to Media Representations of Ageing in an Irish Context

Margaret O’Neill and Áine Ní Léime

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