Film Studies Program
Compares the teen films, Rebel without a Cause and River's Edge, using cultural studies to analyze what they reveal about the complexities of masculinity and sexuality. Contends that while the cultural ideologies of the 1950s and 1980s promote a tough-guy hyper-masculinity, these films offer multiple models of masculinity, various forms of homosocial bonds, and veiled messages about homosexuality.
Costa, Alyssa, ""What It Takes to Be a Man": A Comparison of Masculinity and Sexuality in Rebel without a Cause and River's Edge" (2008). Honors Projects Overview. 30.
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