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Leger Grindon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739886

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.001.0001

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Romance and the Ring

Romance and the Ring

Gender Conflict in the Boxing Film

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Leger Grindon

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines romance in the boxing film. A crisis of masculinity is characteristic of the genre, where the boxer must choose between remaining loyal to the manly ethos of the ring, or compromise his masculine bravado to successfully court a woman. How that crisis is posed and resolved creates a pivotal dramatic conflict in these films. The evolution of this problem allows us to chart the shifting gender relations in our culture. The analysis includes films such as The Champ (1931/1979), The Set-Up (1949), and Hard Times (1975).

Keywords:   boxing film genre, American boxing films, gender relations, masculinity

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