Fat on Film: Gender, Race and Body Size in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Library of Gender and Popular Culture) (Hardcover)

Fat on Film: Gender, Race and Body Size in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Library of Gender and Popular Culture) By Barbara Plotz, Angela Smith (Editor), Claire Nally (Editor) Cover Image
By Barbara Plotz, Angela Smith (Editor), Claire Nally (Editor)
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Description


Over the last two decades, fatness has become the focus of ubiquitous negative rhetoric, in the USA and beyond, presented under the cover of the medicalized ''war against the obesity epidemic''. In Fat on Film, Barbara Plotz provides a critical analysis of the cinematic representation of fatness during this timeframe, specifically in contemporary Hollywood cinema, with an emphasis on the intersection of gender, race and fatness. The analysis is based on around 50 films released since 2000 and includes examples such as Transformers (2007), Precious (2009), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Paul Blart (2009) and Pitch Perfect (2012).Plotz maps the common cinematic tropes of fatness and also shows how commonplace notions of fatness that are part of the current ''obesity epidemic'' discourse are reflected in these tropes. In this original study, Plotz brings critical attention to the politics of fat representation, a topic that has so far received little attention within film and cinema studies.

About the Author


Barbara Plotz is Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication and she also teaches in the Department of Film Studies at King's College London, UK. She is a film scholar working at the intersection of film and cultural studies, with a focus on representation, gender, the body, and genre - specifically horror cinema.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781350114586
ISBN-10: 1350114588
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: February 20th, 2020
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: Library of Gender and Popular Culture