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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 (1995)

Grease (1978)

Boyhood (2015)

L’auberge Espagnole (2002)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Easy A (2010)

The Freshman (1925)

Breakfast Club (1985)

Halloween (1978)

American Pie (1999)

Y Tu Mama También (2001)

Commissioned:

Bande de Filles (2014)

American Graffiti (1973)

Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Precious (2009)

Gidget (1959)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Beatles on Film: A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), The Yellow Submarine (1968)

Big Wednesday (1977)

Moonlight (2016)

The Commitments (1990)

Clerks (1994)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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The Beatles and Film From Youth Culture to Counterculture

The Beatles and Film From Youth Culture to Counterculture

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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 ‘youth quake’ in the joyous and genre-shifting...

Gidget Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise

Gidget Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Pamela Robertson Wojcik
November 23, 2020

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 ...

Bande de Filles Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France

Bande de Filles Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France

1st Edition

Frances Smith
January 28, 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

Bill Osgerby
October 15, 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

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

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

Elissa H. Nelson
April 02, 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

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

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

Ben McCann
May 10, 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

Catherine Driscoll, Alexandra Heatwole
May 10, 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

Betty Kaklamanidou
April 24, 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, ...

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