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Description - Contemporary Hollywood Stardom by Martin Barker

Star studies are vital to our understanding of film. Early work in the field stressed the relations between "textual" and "non-textual" dimensions of stars, and explored the history of stardom. Since then, the industry has undergone major changes, as studios have tried to reduce their dependency on big names, and other aspects of films, such as special effects, have sometimes usurped the role of the star. At the same time the arrival of the Internet and the explosion in materials such as glossy magazines and merchandise meant that information and images of all kinds multiplied and stars were visible as never before. This book offers a major reappraisal of the developments in this field. It explores the political economy of stardom, questions of performance, the effect on stardom of convergence between the film industry and other leisure industries, and the role of audiences. This text combines a review of current trends with case studies of individual stars enabling students and researchers to widen their knowledge of the field and explore new ways of approaching the star phenomenon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340809372
ISBN-10: 034080937X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 157mm x 16mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Hodder Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Barker

Martin Barker is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is author/co-author of 11 books related to Film and Media Studies. Thomas Austin is Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Sussex and is the author of HOLLYWOOD, HYPE AND AUDIENCES:SELLING AND WATCHING POPULAR FILM IN THE 1990S. Barker and Austin have worked together previously on FROM ANTZ TO TITANIC:REINVENTING FILM ANALYSIS.

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