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Damsels and Divas

European Stardom in Silent Hollywood

Agata Frymus (author)

ISBN: 9781978806085

Publication Date: Apr 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Investigates the meanings of Europeanness in Hollywood during the 1920s by charting professional trajectories of three movie stars: Pola Negri, Vilma Bánky and Jetta Goudal. The book provides a thorough understanding of the ways in which Negri, Bánky and Goudal were understood within the realm of their contemporary American culture.
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Damsels and Divas investigates the meanings of Europeanness in Hollywood during the 1920s by charting professional trajectories of three movie stars: Pola Negri, Vilma Bánky and Jetta Goudal. It combines the investigation of American fan magazines with the analysis of studio documents, and the examination of the narratives of their films, to develop a thorough understanding of the ways in which Negri, Bánky and Goudal were understood within the realm of their contemporary American culture. This discussion places their star personae in the context of whiteness, femininity and Americanization. Every age has its heroines, and they reveal a lot about prevailing attitudes towards women in their respective eras. In the United States, where the stories of rags-to-riches were especially potent, stars could offer models of successful cultural integration.

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"An excellent piece of film history, brilliantly researched and eloquently narrated, Damsels and Divas Sheds new light on well-known figures, while bringing less familiar stars back into the spotlight. It engages with some of the most exciting scholarship about 1920s American cinema, the study of celebrity and representations of the female body, ethnicity and Europeanness."
Illustrations 23 black & white photographs, 7 colour photographs
Pages 260
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Gender studies: women   Film theory & criticism   Ethnic studies   Film & TV  
Agata Frymus is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at University of Ghent, Belgium. She received her doctoral degree from University of York, UK in 2018. Agata's research concentrates on the relationship between race and silent film. Her work has been published in Early Popular Visual Culture, Celebrity Journal and Cinema Journal.

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