Teen Movies: A Teacher’s Guide (paperback) – Rob McInnes

190pp   £16.99   ISBN: 978-1-903663-86-8   2008

‘Teen movies’ have been massively popular with their target audience for half a century yet they remain among the most unexamined, in large part due to their unpretentiousness, but also because the genre itself is contested – just what is a ‘teen movie’?

In his Teacher’s Guide to Teen Movies, author Rob McInnes explores the social, institutional, economic, cultural and political contexts of the genre from the 1950s to the present day – from Rebel Without a Cause (1955) to American Pie (1999) – which reflects recent Media/Film Studies specifications to study genres as part of a more integrated study of cultural theories and movements. Chapters focus on ‘exploitation’ film, rock ‘n’ roll film, nostalgia and teen horror.



Preface – Why Study Teen Movies?

1. ‘Birth’ of the Teen Movie

2. The 1950s and 1960s – Exploitation!

3. Into the 1960s – Rock ‘n’ Roll Films

4. The 1970s – Nostalgia for Sale

5. The 1980s – From Hell to High School

6. The 1990s-Present – Reinvented, Recycled and Reinvigorated

Conclusion – Teen Movies: A Mature Genre?




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