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Six@Six: Faculty Series- Bromances, Buddy Films, and Chick Flicks
The Mercantile Library
Cincinnati, OH
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Thursday Oct 09, 2014 6:00 PM - Thursday Oct 09, 2014 7:30 PM | Free - $6.00


Six@Six: Faculty Series- Bromances, Buddy Films, and Chick Flicks
Presenter: John Alberti, professor and director
Department of English Graduate Studies and Cinema Studies

Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Mercantile Library

Lecture Description

You could subtitle this talk "The Fitful Evolution of the Romantic Comedy in the New Millennium," as Dr. John Alberti examines the early 21st Century phenomenon of the movie bromance, a combination of the traditional romantic comedy with the gross-out buddy movie. Think I Love You, Man. Think Superbad. Think bromance auteur Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, highlight conflicting attitudes towards love and marriage that define the romantic comedy in the contemporary age. Makes you wonder: Is the romantic comedy dead? What should stories of courtship and marriage look like in an era of increasing gender and sexual equality and decreasing economic equality?

John Alberti
John Alberti is Professor of English and Director of Graduate and Cinema Studies at Northern Kentucky University. He received his PhD in American Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989, and he has taught at NKU since 1991. He has published and taught in a wide range of fields within English studies, including multicultural American literature, writing studies in the era of social networking, popular culture studies, and cinema studies. His books include several edited essay collections, including Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture, and two composition textbooks: The Working Life: Readings on Work, Labor, and Career and Text Messaging: Reading and Writing About Popular Culture. Most recently, he has published a book on the romantic comedy entitled Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Gender as Genre, and he is the author of the forthcoming textbook Screen Ages: A Survey of American Cinema.


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