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Iranian cinema has become one of the leading mediums through which popular images of modern Iranian men are constructed. In negotiating the various and at times conflicting demands of tradition and modernity, film-farsi created models of masculinity that re-interpreted the concept of javanmardi through its heroes and villains. By subverting the masculine hierarchies propagated by the state, these films endowed marginalised men with the moral authority to take on the hypermasculine role without subverting the idea of hegemonic masculinity itself. Alternative films, however, reflected a claustrophobic society devoid of javanmards. This chapter also examines women’s positioning in the structure of both sets of films.
|Title of host publication||Javanmardi|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Ethics and Practice of Persianate Perfection|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Oct 2018|
|Name||British Institute of Persian Studies Series|