Launches the Film Stars series, providing a critical and historical overview of star studies and presenting some new directions
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Star Studies: A Critical Guide provides a lively
introduction to the major approaches and key
developments within this key area of film
studies. It identifies a number of dominant
themes, explains major theories, concepts
and methodologies, and explores the diversity
of approaches that have helped shape the
international study of stars and stardom.
Comparing the stars and star systems of
Hollywood, Bollywood, China and many
European countries, from the early-twentieth
to the first decade of the twenty-first century,
Martin Shingler considers the multiple
functions of stars: as an elite workforce within
the film industry, as actors and performers,
as role models and cultural representatives,
as icons and images, as transnational and
national symbols, and as commodities.
The scope of star studies is wide, historically
and geographically, but this book helpfully
focuses on salient features of the discipline,
providing a cogent overview of star studies,
while suggesting some useful avenues for
further research. Published in the BFI Film
Stars series, Star Studies provides an
essential theoretical and historical companion
to the individual star volumes in the series.
MARTIN SHINGLER is Senior
Lecturer in Radio and Film Studies
at the University of Sunderland, UK.
He is the co-author of On Air:
Methods and Meanings of Radio,
with Cindy Wieringa (1998) and
Melodrama: Genre, Style and
Sensibility, with John Mercer (2004).
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