American Teenagers in Cinema, w/guest Timothy Shary

Teenage hijinx never goes out of style. From the current hit Superbad to older movies such as American PieClueless, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, youth-oriented comedies have been a Hollywood staple for decades. But the teen genre of film also includes landmark dramas such as American Beauty and Ghost World — pictures dealing with the uncertainty involved with entering adulthood. How have the themes of teen films shifted to reflect societal concerns? My guest is Timothy Shary, director of the film and video studies department at the University of Oklahoma, and author of the book Generation Multiplex. [Originally broadcast on WLUW’s Under Surveillance in August 2007.]

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Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.