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Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society

Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society
Author: Richard Dyer
ISBN 13: 9780415310277
ISBN 10: 41531027
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-12-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $37.95

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.
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.