Through the actor and film case studies examined in this book, ‘male angst’ is presented as a performance on two levels. First, angst is revealed as a frown, a concave expression, sad eyes, trembling hands, or a contorted face: a gesture, a series of movements, a sequence of sounds. Second, angst is evident as the breakdown of ‘male’ social roles: the failure to be a ‘traditional’ father and the necessary revision of the father image; the acknowledgement that men can be both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’; or the realisation that the aging process calls for a reassessment of what it means to be a man. The chapters examine the performative nature of male identity by exploring the images and enactments of male angst that have frequently appeared in American films in the last two decades. The book not only considers the ways in which male instability has been performed both on and off screen but also reveals the constructedness of normative masculinity — itself an image consolidated and disseminated by the media. Overall, this book problematises notions of a quintessential ‘crisis of masculinity’ as epitomised by a select handful of actors or encapsulated by a specific film. Instead, the films and actors I discuss offer a miscellany of performance styles and demonstrate multiple tropes of male angst.
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