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Stardom : Industry of Desire - Christine Gledhill


Industry of Desire

By: Christine Gledhill (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1991
ISBN: 9780415052177
Number Of Pages: 364
For Ages: 18 years old

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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. "Stardom" brings 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; Barry King; John O. Thompson; Andrew Britton; Michael Mourlet; David Lusted; Tessa Perkins; Miriam Hansen; Andrea Weiss; Kobena Mercer.

Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
The Systemp. 1
Seeing Starsp. 3
The Emergence of the Star System in Americap. 17
The Carole Lombard in Macy's Windowp. 30
The Building of Popular Imagesp. 40
Fatal Beautiesp. 45
Stars and Societyp. 55
Charismap. 57
Shirley Temple and the House of Rockefellerp. 60
'Puffed Sleeves Before Tea-Time'p. 74
The Return of Jimmy Stewartp. 92
Three Indian Film Starsp. 107
A Star is Born and the Construction of Authenticityp. 132
Feminine Fascinationsp. 141
Performers and Signsp. 165
Articulating Stardomp. 167
Screen Acting and the Commutation Testp. 183
Stars and Genrep. 198
Signs of Melodramap. 207
Desire, Meaning and Politicsp. 231
In Defence of Violencep. 233
The Politics of 'Jane Fonda'p. 237
The Glut of the Personalityp. 251
Pleasure, Ambivalence, Identificationp. 259
'A Queer Feeling When I Look at You'p. 283
Monster Metaphorsp. 300
Select Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 332
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ISBN: 9780415052177
ISBN-10: 0415052173
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st September 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1

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