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Author Petersen, Christina, author

Title The Freshman : Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture / Christina G. Petersen
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Cinema and Youth Cultures
Cinema and youth cultures
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures; Series Editors' Introduction; Acknowledgments; Introduction: When Both Were Young; 1 'A Large Football Stadium with a College Attached': 1920s Collegiate Youth Culture; 2 'Just a Regular Fellow': Harold Lloyd and Silent-Era Middle-Class Masculinity; 3 'The College Hero': The Freshman's Individual Conformist; 4 'Laugh and Live Longer': The Mass Marketing and Reception of The Freshman; Conclusion: Before the Teenpic; Selected Filmography; Bibliography; Index
Summary Before the advent of the teenager in the 1940s and the teenpic in the 1950s, The Freshman (Taylor and Newmeyer, 1925) represented 1920s college youth culture as an exclusive world of leisure to a mass audience. Starring popular slapstick comedian Harold Lloyd, The Freshman was a hit with audiences for its parody of contemporary conceptions of university life as an orgy of proms and football games, becoming the highest grossing comedy feature of the silent era. This book examines The Freshman from a number of perspectives, with a focus on the social, economic, and political context that led to the rise of campus culture as a distinct subculture and popular mass culture in 1920s America; Lloyd's use of slapstick to represent an embodied, youthful middle-class masculinity; and the film's self-reflexive exploration of the conflict between individuality and conformity as an early entry in the youth film genre
Notes At head of cover title: Routledge focus
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Christina G. Petersen is Christian Nielsen associate professor of film studies at Eckerd College. She has published on identity and embodiment in American cinema, including essays on the origins of the youth film, the independent African American race film industry, international avant-garde cinema, and contemporary film exhibition technology
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, April 1, 2019)
Subject Freshman (Motion picture : 1925)
College students -- United States -- 20th century
Comedy films -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Masculinity in motion pictures -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Youth -- United States -- 20th century
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315171422 (electronic bk.)
9781315171425 (electronic bk.)
9781351694803 (Mobipocket ebook)
9781351694810 (ePub ebook)
9781351694827 (PDF ebook)