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Star Attractions

Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom

Tamar Jeffers McDonald (editor) Lies Lanckman (editor)

ISBN: 9781609386733

Publication Date: Dec 2019

Format: Paperback

Looking at the fan magazines of Hollywood's "classic era" with fresh regarding eyes and treating them as primary sources, the contributors of this collection provide unique insights into contemporary assumptions about the relationship between fan and star, performer and viewer.
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During Hollywood's 'classic era,' from the 1920s to 1950s, roughly twenty major fan magazines were offered each month at American newsstands and abroad. These publications famously fed fan obsessions with celebrities such as Mae West and Elvis Presley. Film studies scholars often regard these magazines with suspicion; perhaps due to their reputation for purveying scandal and gossip, their frequent mingling of gushing tone, and blatant falsehood.

Looking at these magazines with fresh regarding eyes and treating them as primary sources, the contributors of this collection provide unique insights into contemporary assumptions about the relationship between fan and star, performer and viewer. In doing so, they reveal the magazines to be a huge and largely untapped resource on a wealth of subjects, including gender roles, appearance and behavior, and national identity.

Contributors: Emily Chow-Kambitsch, Alissa Clarke, Jonathan Driskell, Lucy Fischer, Ann-Marie Fleming, Oana-Maria Mazilu, Adrienne L. McLean, Sarah Polley, Genevieve Sellier, Michael Williams

Illustrations 20 black & white figures
Pages 282
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2019
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Series Fandom & Culture
Subject/s Film theory & criticism  
Tamar Jeffers McDonald is a reader in film studies at the University of Kent. She is author or editor of four books, including Doris Day Confidential: Hollywood, Sex, and Stardom.

Lies Lanckman is associate lecturer in film studies at the University of Kent.

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