“Any closer and you’d be Mom”: The limits of post-feminist paternity in the films of Robin Williams
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis chapter explores the representation of fatherhood in the films of Robin Williams, considering the actor's star persona alongside his persistent performance as 'father' in a range of films from the late 1980s into the 2000s. The chapter includes an in-depth analysis of Williams' role in Mrs Doubtfire and the implications for post-feminist performances of paternity, and concludes with a discussion of Williams' suicide in 2014 and the ways in which this news was filtered through the same paternal persona established in his films.
CitationBarnett, K. (2015). 'Any closer and you’d be Mom': The limits of post-feminist paternity in the films of Robin Williams. In Abele, E. & Gronbeck-Tedesco, J. (Eds.) Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism (pp. 19-34). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
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