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Troubled men: ageing, dementia and masculinity in contemporary British crime drama

Wearing, Sadie (2017) Troubled men: ageing, dementia and masculinity in contemporary British crime drama. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 14 (2). pp. 125-142. ISSN 1743-4521

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Identification Number: 10.3366/jbctv.2017.0359


Focussing on three recent British film and television crime dramas, Mr Holmes, The Fear and the English language version of Wallander, this article argues that older men in these texts are a site through which contemporary social and cultural anxieties about ageing and dementia are played out in highly gendered ways that link to social and philosophical reflections on power, autonomy and selfhood. The dramas, while very different in affective orientation and tone, nonetheless all produce reflections on the meanings of memory loss within figurations of masculinity in the crime genre which have a broader significance for thinking through the representational dilemmas of dementia.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Edinburgh University Press
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 16:51
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 22:54

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