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Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Drucilla Cornell


In this book, a major feminist philosopher engages the work of the actor and director who has progressed from being the stereotypical “man's man” to pushing the boundaries of the very genres—the Western, the police thriller, the war, or boxing movie—most associated with American masculinity. Her highly appreciative encounter with the films directed by Clint Eastwood revolve around the questions “What is it to be a good man?” and “What is it to be, not just an ethical person, but specifically an ethical man?” Focusing on Eastwood as a dire ... More

Keywords: Clint Eastwood, masculinity, ethics, revenge, violence, moral repair, justice, boxing, police drama, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230129
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drucilla Cornell, author
Department of Political Science, Rutgers University