|dc.description.abstract||The study examines the buddy film genre and the representation of masculinity in
relation to the homosocial and the homoerotic. As a genre, the buddy films focus
on male relationships, thematically seeking to mediate the boundaries
surrounding the homosocial continuum and the intimacy and eroticism implicit in
male bonding. Theories of genre, gender and identity are used to analyze the
construction of masculine identity within the films. By providing a qualitative
analysis of films from the 1960s to contemporary times, the research establishes
a relationship between social changes, attitudes toward men and depictions of
men. The buddy films adapt to address changes in the representation of
masculinity, embodied in the difference between the male couple in the films.
The early films of the 1960s served as templates that deconstructed traditional
representations of male identity through articulating the tension within
homosocial relationships. However, in the later films this tension became a
refle~ive convention, acting to undermine the eroticism onto a displaced Other.
The buddy film genre highlights the tension inherent to the male masquerade.
This tension is situated in the need to represent the protagonist's homosocial
relationship, while disavowing the eroticism that surrounds homosocial bonding.
The structure of the buddy film genre, which focuses on the exploration of
masculinity and representing the bonds of homosocial intimacy, makes these
films a significant site for investigating the cultural construction of masculine