Stardom Industry of Desire

ISBN-10: 0415052181

ISBN-13: 9780415052184

Edition: 1991

Authors: Christine Gledhill

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Newspapers, magazines, TV talk shows, album covers -- all display a proliferation of film star images. In the past we have tended to see celebrities as cogs in a mass entertainment industry selling desires and ideologies. But since the 1970s, new approaches have explored the active role of the star in producing meanings, pleasures and identities for a diversity of audiences.Stardombrings together some of the best recent writing which represents these new approaches. Drawn from film history, sociology, textual analysis, audience research, psychoanalysis and cultural politics, the essays raise important questions for the politics of representation, the impact of the star on society and the cultural limitations and possibilities of stars. Contributors: Christine Gledhill; Janet Staiger; Richard de Cordova; Charles Eckert; Thomas Harris; Karen Alexander; Richard Dyer; Charlotte Cornelia Herzog; Jane Marie Gaines; Charles Wolfe; Behroze Ghandy; Rosie Thomas; Jackie Stacey; BarryKing; John O. Thompson; Andrew Britton; Michael Mourlet; David Lusted; Tessa Perkins; Miriam Hansen; Andrea Weiss; Kobena Mercer.
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/22/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

  Christine Gledhill is a professor of media studies at the University of Sunderland. She is the author or editor of numerous books, includingNationalising Femininity: Culture, Sexuality and British Cinema in the Second World War.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The System
Seeing Stars
The Emergence of the Star System in America
The Carole Lombard in Macy's Window
The Building of Popular Images
Fatal Beauties
Stars and Society
Charisma
Shirley Temple and the House of Rockefeller
'Puffed Sleeves Before Tea-Time'
The Return of Jimmy Stewart
Three Indian Film Stars
A Star is Born and the Construction of Authenticity
Feminine Fascinations
Performers and Signs
Articulating Stardom
Screen Acting and the Commutation Test
Stars and Genre
Signs of Melodrama
Desire, Meaning and Politics
In Defence of Violence
The Politics of 'Jane Fonda'
The Glut of the Personality
Pleasure, Ambivalence, Identification
'A Queer Feeling When I Look at You'
Monster Metaphors
Select Bibliography
Index
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