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Heavenly Bodies : Film Stars and Society - Richard Dyer

Heavenly Bodies

Film Stars and Society

Paperback Published: 4th December 2003
ISBN: 9780415310277
Number Of Pages: 224

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Richard Dyer's classic study of movie stars and stardom has been updated for a second edition, with a new introduction by the author discussing the rise of celebrity culture and developments in the study of stars since publication of the first edition in 1986. Dyer's illuminating study is based around case studies of three major stars: Marilyn Monroe, Paul Robeson and Judy Garland. He draws on a wide range of sources, including the films in which each star appeared, to illustrate how each star's persona was constructed, and goes on to examine each within the context of particular issues in fan culture and stardom. Dyer discusses Marilyn Monroe in the context of ideas about sexuality in the 1950s and her perceived status as a victim of patriarchy, Robeson in terms of black identity and the ways in which he used his star status to further socialist and anti-racist causes, and Garland in light of her special place in gay male culture.

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'the seminal theorist in the field of star studies... groundbreaking' - Journal of Visual Culture

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Monroe and sexualityp. 17
Paul Robeson: crossing overp. 64
Judy Garland and gay menp. 137
Notesp. 192
Referencesp. 194
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780415310277
ISBN-10: 041531027X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th December 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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