Star Gazing: Hollywood Cinema and Female Spectatorship

Star Gazing: Hollywood Cinema and Female Spectatorship

Jackie Stacey


In a old research of the pleasures of cinema, Star Gazing places lady spectators again into theories of spectatorship. Combining movie concept with a wealthy physique of ethnographic learn, Jackie Stacey investigates how girl spectators understood Hollywood stars within the 1940's and 1950's. Her learn demanding situations the universalism of psychoanalytic theories of woman spectatorship that have ruled the feminist time table inside movie experiences for over 20 years.
Drawing on letters and questionnaires from over 300 prepared cinema-goers, Stacey investigates the importance of definite Hollywood stars in women's stories of wartime and postwar Britain. 3 key methods of spectatorship - escapism, identity and intake - are explored intimately when it comes to their a number of and altering meanings for girl spectators at the present. Star Gazing demonstrates the significance of cultural and nationwide position for the meanings of lady spectatorship, giving a brand new course to questions of pop culture and feminine hope.

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