Introduction: Shooting Eastwood

Drucilla Cornell

in Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230129
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235124 | DOI:
Introduction: Shooting Eastwood

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief review of Clint Eastwood's career and his most notable films. It identifies four main themes in Eastwood's films that connect the seemingly diverse genres addressed in this book. Having a certain coherence, these themes underscore how the great ideals of justice, love, and friendship are integrally defined in and through masculinity, the definition of which can and must pass through the ordeal of a foundational questioning of not only their phallic underpinnings but also of masculinity's seeming ability to pull us down the tracks into the horrors of violence, war, and vengeance that undermine ethical life.

Keywords: Clint Eastwood; masculinity; films

Chapter.  3633 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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