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Department of English Language and Literature


David Greven publishes new book, "Ghost Faces"

David Greven, Professor of English, has published a new book on film and masculinity, Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity, with SUNY Press.

Greven explores representations of masculinity in contemporary Hollywood films, which appear to destabilize hegemonic masculinity but often perpetuate homophobic stereotypes. The study reframes Laura Mulvey’s and Gilles Deleuze’s paradigms and offers close readings grounded in psychoanalysis and queer theory. Movies considered range from the slasher film Scream to bromances and beta male comedies such as I Love You, Man to dramas such as Donnie Darko and 25th Hour to Rob Zombie’s remake of the horror film Halloween. Greven also traces the disturbing connections between torture porn found in such films as Hostel and gay male Internet pornography.

Greven publishes frequently in the fields of nineteenth century American literature and film studies.

For more information, please visit the publisher's webpage.