Feral masculinities
Urban versus rural in City Slickers and Hunter’s Blood
in Cinematic countrysides
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This chapter seeks to make a modest contribution to the growing body of work on gender and the rural, and more specifically on the relationships between rurality and masculinity. It focuses on two films, which can be seen to be very different in terms of genre, production values and intended audience, but which nevertheless share certain thematics; most notably, in their depictions of urban and rural men. The films are the comedy City Slickers, and the horror movie Hunter's Blood. Reading City Slickers and Hunter's Blood in tandem, there are clear divergences that emerge; the former is more firmly in the sensitive-guy film mould, while the latter belongs more squarely with the humiliation-redemption set. The chapter explains the ways in which City Slickers and Hunter's Blood articulate different modes of masculinity, in relation to rurality.

Editor: Robert Fish

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