Stars

ISBN-10: 0851706436

ISBN-13: 9780851706436

Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)

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Cinema's glamor has always been inseparable from star performances and star images. On its first publication in 1980, this book set new standards for critical and theoretical rigor in the field of star studies. Through the intensive examination of films, magazines, and advertising--as well as critical texts--Richard Dyer analyzes the historical, ideological, and aesthetic significance of stars, changing the way we understand screen icons. Paying particular attention to Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Jane Fonda, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, and John Wayne,Starsis an indispensable textbook. This new edition features a supplementary chapter by Paul McDonald that traces developments in star studies since the first appearance of Richard Dyer's classic study.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 3/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Paul McDonald is Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is the author of Video and DVD Industries and The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities and co-editor for the International Screen Industries series from the British Film Institute.Janet Wasko is the Knight Chair in Communication Research at the University of Oregon. She is the author of How Hollywood Works, Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy, and Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen. She also edited A Companion to Television and Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audience Project.

Introduction
Stars as a Social Phenomenon
Conditions for Stardom
Production: Consumption
Origins of stardom
Stars as a phenomenon of production
Stars as a phenomenon of consumption
Ideology
Star versus character
Life-as-theatre
A historical paradigm - from gods to mortals
Stars and the status quo
Compensation
Charisma
Stars as Images
Stars as Stars
Consumption
Success
Ordinariness - are stars 'different'?
The dream soured
Love
Stars as Types
The notion of social type
Alternative or subversive types
Stars as Specific Images
A specific image: Jane Fonda
Stars as Signs
Stars and 'Character'
The notion of character
The construction of character
Stars as characters in films
Stars and Performance
Trends in the study of performance
Performance signs
A Note on Authorship
Conclusion
Bibliography
Supplementary Chapter: Reconceptualising Stardom
Supplementary Bibliography
Index
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