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Cinema and Youth Cultures


About the Series

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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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 ...

The Freshman Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture

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

1st Edition

By Christina G. Petersen
March 26, 2019

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 ...

The Virgin Suicides Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love

The Virgin Suicides: Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love

1st Edition

By Justin Wyatt
June 22, 2018

Based on the best-selling novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is director Sofia Coppola’s evocative debut feature of young love, sex, loss and family pressures in mid-1970s America. Acclaimed by both critics and audiences on release, the film is now viewed as a remarkable and bold ...

L’Auberge espagnole European Youth on Film

L’Auberge espagnole: European Youth on Film

1st Edition

By Ben McCann
May 14, 2018

Part romantic comedy, part sitcom, part social drama, L’Auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) recounts a familiar ‘youth’ ritual – the move from university to ‘the real world’, the often complicated personal, romantic and cultural encounters that ensue, and the moral uncertainties that ...

The Hunger Games Spectacle, Risk and the Girl Action Hero

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

1st Edition

By Catherine Driscoll, Alexandra Heatwole
May 14, 2018

The 2012 film The Hunger Games and its three sequels, appearing quickly over the following three years, represent one of the most successful examples of the contemporary popularity of youth-oriented speculative film and television series. This book considers "The Hunger Games" as an intertextual ...

Easy A The End of the High-School Teen Comedy?

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

1st Edition

By Betty Kaklamanidou
April 30, 2018

Easy A (2010) is the last significant box-office success in the high-school teen movie subgenre and a film that has already been deemed a ‘classic’ by many cultural commentators and popular film critics. By applying interdisciplinary insight to a relatively overlooked movie in academic discussion, ...

Boyhood A Young Life on Screen

Boyhood: A Young Life on Screen

1st Edition

By Timothy Shary
October 19, 2017

This book traces the development of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood from its audacious concept through its tenacious production to its celebrated reception, placing it within the context of cinematic parables about children to demonstrate its distinctive vision. Timothy Shary, author of numerous ...

Grease Gender, Nostalgia and Youth Consumption in the Blockbuster Era

Grease: Gender, Nostalgia and Youth Consumption in the Blockbuster Era

1st Edition

By Barbara Jane Brickman
October 19, 2017

This book offers the first in-depth look at the history, social context, and industrial practices behind this teen musical phenomenon to suggest that social change, especially in terms of gender and sexuality, comes to the surface despite the film’s retro setting, blockbuster business model, and ...

Clueless American Youth in the 1990s

Clueless: American Youth in the 1990s

1st Edition

By Lesley Speed
June 22, 2017

Clueless: American Youth in the 1990s is a timely contribution to the increasingly prominent academic field of youth film studies. The book draws on the social context to the film’s release, a range of film industry perspectives including marketing, audience reception and franchising, as well as ...

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