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Table of Contents Frontmatter 1. Introduction Abstract.
Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema by Debbie Ging
Defined by his relationship to the land, Donovan exhibited strong sporting abilities, unfaltering self-discipline and a keen sense of community. As such, he epitomised the New Gaelic Man of the early twentieth century. This book attempts to tell the story of how and why images of men in Irish cinema have changed so dramatically over the past century and, in doing so, maps out the changing historical relationship between nation, cinema, and masculinity in Ireland.
In most modern nation states, there has been a tightly woven historical relationship between constructions of gender, national identity and national cinema.
According to David Gerstner 51 , American cinema preserved the tropes of frontier realism and idealism long after the real frontier was closed down and thus played a greater role than any other art form in weaving together notions of the landscape, manliness, democracy and romantic realism under the banner of American selfhood.
This quote highlights the significance of two major, related cornerstones of an emergent postcolonial manhood; namely the reclamation of property and the marriageable status which this afforded the Irishman. Indeed, for a film that is overtly propagandist at times, what is particularly striking about Knocknagow is its self-conscious disavowal of spectacular heroics. In one of the opening intertitles, the audience is warned: As this old tale unfolds there are waiting you neither soul stirring thrills nor sensational climaxes.
In , however, a major breakthrough occurred with the establishment of the first Irish Film Board —7 , which fostered the beginnings of an indigenous film culture. In July , the Cloyne Report was published. It examines how both the Catholic Church and the state handled allegations of abuse against 19 clerics in the County Cork diocese up until Kenny accused the Vatican of downplaying the rape and torture of children to protect its power and reputation and of refusing to cooperate in investigations as recently as three years ago.
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