Irish Masculinity on Screen

The Pugilists and Peacemakers of John Ford, Jim Sheridan and Paul Greengrass

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About the Book

Examining images of gender and violence, this book analyzes selected works of three influential artists of the Irish cinema—Ford, Sheridan and Greengrass—whose careers, taken together, span the period from 1939 to the present. These three explore fundamental questions about identity, patriarchy and violence within Irish and Irish-American contexts, and in the process upset conventional notions of masculine authority. Furthermore, Ford’s later films interestingly depart from the egalitarian ideals that distinguish his pre–World War II films.

About the Author(s)

Joseph Paul Moser is an assistant professor of English and film studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph Paul Moser
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7416-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0245-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Chapter 1. A Fragile Liberalism: Gender in John Ford’s Pre–World War II Cinema 21

Chapter 2. The Persistence of Patriarchy: Gender and Politics in John

Ford’s Later Films 49

Chapter 3. Assimilation, Integration, Continuity and Critique: Gender and Genre in the Hollywood Irish Cinemas of John Ford and Jim Sheridan 83

Chapter 4. Jim Sheridan: Reconstructing the Family, Redefining the Nation 113

Chapter 5. Alternative Masculinity and Irish Historical Trauma in Paul

Greengrass’s Bloody Sunday and Omagh 139

Conclusion 165

Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography and Filmography 187

Index 197

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