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Cinema and Youth Cultures


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Cinema and Youth Cultures engages with well-known youth films from American cinema as well the cinemas of other countries. Using a variety of methodological and critical approaches the series volumes provide informed accounts of how young people have been represented in film, while also exploring the ways in which young people engage with films made for and about them. In doing this, the Cinema and Youth Cultures series contributes to important and long standing debates about youth cultures, how these are mobilized and articulated in influential film texts and the impact that these texts have had on popular culture at large.

Series Editors: Siân Lincoln (independent scholar) and Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool)

Published volumes:

Clueless: American Youth in the 1990s (2017)

Grease: Gender, Nostaligia and Youth Consumption in the Blockbuster Era (2017)

Boyhood: A Young Life on Screen (2017)

Easy A: The End of the High-School Teen Comedy? (2018)

The Hunger Games: Spectacle, Risk and the Girl Action Hero (2018)

L’auberge Espagnole: European Youth on Film (2018)

The Virgin Suicides: Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love (2018)

The Freshman: Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture (2019)

The Breakfast Club: John Hughes, Hollywood, and the Golden Age of Teen Film (2019)

Y Tu Mama También: Mythologies of Youth (2019)

Halloween: Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up (2019)

American Pie: The Anatomy fo Vulgar Teen Comedy (2019)

Bande de Filles: Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France (2020)

Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise (2020)

The Beatles and Film: From Youth Culture to Counterculture (2020) 

Clerks: ‘Over the Counter’ Culture and Youth Cinema (2020)

Forthcoming:

American Graffiti

Rock Around the Clock

Precious

Mary Poppins

Big Wednesday

Moonlight

The Commitments

King Creole

Mustang

The Outsiders

The Motorcycle Diaries

Before Sunrise

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Gidget Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise

Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise

1st Edition

By Pamela Robertson Wojcik
May 01, 2022

Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise examines the multiplicity of books, films, TV shows, and merchandise that make up the transmedia Gidget universe from the late 1950s to the 1980s. The book examines the Gidget phenomenon as an early and unique teen girl franchise that expands ...

The Social Network Youth Film 2.0

The Social Network: Youth Film 2.0

1st Edition

By Neil Archer
March 15, 2022

This in-depth study of one of the twenty-first century’s most acclaimed films, The Social Network: Youth Film 2.0 considers the contribution of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s film to the understanding of ‘youth’ in a contemporary, digital age. The book starts by situating The Social Network...

Precious Identity, Adaptation and the African-American Youth Film

Precious: Identity, Adaptation and the African-American Youth Film

1st Edition

By Katherine Whitehurst
January 07, 2022

Examining how the discourses of youth, race, poverty and identity take shape when Push is adapted to the big screen, this book brings together valuable research to delve into representations of African-American girlhood. The book draws attention to how Black girlhood takes shape in the film ...

The Commitments Youth, Music, and Authenticity in 1990s Ireland

The Commitments: Youth, Music, and Authenticity in 1990s Ireland

1st Edition

By Nessa Johnston
December 07, 2021

This book examines The Commitments (Parker, 1991) for the first time as a film, rather than an adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s bestselling novel, and as a significant cultural event in 1990s Ireland. A major hit in Ireland and around the world, the film depicts the short-lived attempts of an ensemble ...

Moonlight Screening Black Queer Youth

Moonlight: Screening Black Queer Youth

1st Edition

By Maria Flood
September 30, 2021

This book helps readers understand Moonlight’s profound political and social importance, the innovative technical choices adopted by director Barry Jenkins and the film’s adoption and disruption of traditional coming-of-age themes through the specific prism of Chiron’s childhood and youth. ...

Clerks ‘Over the Counter’ Culture and Youth Cinema

Clerks: ‘Over the Counter’ Culture and Youth Cinema

1st Edition

By Peter Templeton
December 28, 2020

This study of Kevin Smith’s debut film breaks new ground by exploring how Clerks sits at the intersection of political and cultural trends relevant to alternative youth cultures in the early 1990s. Clerks (1994) was born of and appeals to a specific youth subculture, with the multimedia ‘View ...

The Beatles and Film From Youth Culture to Counterculture

The Beatles and Film: From Youth Culture to Counterculture

1st Edition

By Stephen Glynn
November 30, 2020

This concise yet comprehensive study explores the emblematic journey by four young men from Liverpool from the epicentre of teen-led youth culture to the experimentation of the counterculture and beyond. Beginning with the celebration of Britain’s own ‘youthquake’ in the joyous and genre-shifting ...

Bande de Filles Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France

Bande de Filles: Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France

1st Edition

By Frances Smith
January 23, 2020

Few films in the twenty-first century have represented coming-of-age with the beauty and brutality of Bande de Filles (or Girlhood). This book provides an in-depth examination of Céline Sciamma’s film, focusing on its portrayal of female adolescence in contemporary Paris. Motivated by the absence ...

American Pie The Anatomy of Vulgar Teen Comedy

American Pie: The Anatomy of Vulgar Teen Comedy

1st Edition

By Bill Osgerby
October 18, 2019

American Pie represents the most commercially successful example of the vulgar teen comedy, and this book analyses the film's development, audience-appeal and cultural significance. American Pie (1999) is a film that exemplifies that most disparaged of movie genres – the vulgar teen comedy. ...

Halloween Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up

Halloween: Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up

1st Edition

By Mark Bernard
October 07, 2019

This book argues that Halloween need not be the first nor the most influential youth slasher film for it to hold a special place in the history of youth cinema. John Carpenter’s 1978 horror hit was once considered the be-all, end-all of teen slasher cinema and was regarded as the first, the best, ...

Y Tu Mamá También Mythologies of Youth

Y Tu Mamá También: Mythologies of Youth

1st Edition

By Scott L. Baugh
September 12, 2019

Charting production, distribution, censorship, and reception, this book examines Y Tu Mamá También in its presentation as a journey of self-discoveries. Three young adults enjoy a road trip together in search of a legendary beach. Behind their stories are mythologies of youth, a network of ideas ...

The Breakfast Club John Hughes, Hollywood, and the Golden Age of the Teen Film

The Breakfast Club: John Hughes, Hollywood, and the Golden Age of the Teen Film

1st Edition

By Elissa H. Nelson
April 29, 2019

The Breakfast Club is a quintessential teen film. This book analyzes how multiple factors coalesced to solidify the status of The Breakfast Club as one of the most emblematic films of the 1980s and one of the most definitive teen films of the genre. The film brings together genre-defining elements ...

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