Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema



The representation of the body has been extensively discussed in Film Studies since the 1970s. Following an initial emphasis on the study of the representation of the female body, work in this area has turned its attention to masculinity in the last two decades or so. Yet, with a few exceptions, most of this work to date has focused on Hollywood. This volume seeks to readdress the balance by offering as wide and representative a picture of the depiction of the male body in contemporary cinema as possible. The book includes essays about the cinema of Africa, Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vietnam.


Fouz-Hernández, S. (Ed.). (2009). Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema. I. B. Tauris

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date Mar 16, 2009
Public URL
Publisher URL
Additional Information REVIEWS Film Comment July-August 2009, p. 79 (mention); South West Journal of Cultures: ‘Mysterious Skin is a continual delight. Fouz-Hernández and his coterie of international film theorists have provided an important, fascinating, and welcome addition to studies of masculinity, gender, and extra-Hollywood cinema’ (reviewed by Bridget Cowlishaw).