Giving Up The Ghost - Spirits, Ghosts, And Angels In Mainstream Comedy Films
Paperback Book Details
- 202 Pages
- Released: December 28, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Publisher: Wayne State University Press
|Author:||Katherine A. Fowkes|
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"Giving Up the Ghost" explores gender blurring to achieve an alternate conception of voyeurism and visual distance in cinema, linking films as diverse as the melodramatic Always (1989) and the comedy Ghost Dad (1990). The author provides an analysis of films that traditionally have been overlooked by academics and popular critics as being "mere fantasy" and "fluff," and reveals a significant cinematic phenomenon that defines ghost films as a distinct and important genre related not only to fantasy, romance, and comedy, but also to melodrama, occult, and horror.
A counterpoint to "body" genres, such as the slasher and male-focused action movies which focus obsessively on the physical body, ghost films take up an opposite strategy by engaging in a denial of the body. Emblematic of a cultural confusion with -- or an insistence on working through -- problems of gender, comedy ghost films can be related to horror films and other Hollywood genres through their common difficulty with gendered identities. Fowkes ultimately argues that the devices used in ghost films prove to be uniquely suited to a comic and romantic agenda, both visually and narratively. A creative, original work on a neglected genre of films,"Giving Up the Ghost" investigates the present popularity of comedy ghost films and explains their appeal to both male and female audiences.
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