From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve

From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve

by Lisa Downing
     
 

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Catherine Deneuve is indisputably one of the world's most celebrated actresses, both in her own native France and throughout the world. Her career has spanned five decades during which she has worked with some of the most significant French auteurs, as well as forging partnerships with international directors such as Polanski and Bunuel.

Deneuve's star persona has

Overview

Catherine Deneuve is indisputably one of the world's most celebrated actresses, both in her own native France and throughout the world. Her career has spanned five decades during which she has worked with some of the most significant French auteurs, as well as forging partnerships with international directors such as Polanski and Bunuel.

Deneuve's star persona has attained iconic status, often being used as the symbol of French womanhood and civic identity. This wide-ranging collection of essays, by a selection of international film and cultural studies scholars, undertakes analyses of Deneuve's status as globally recognised actress and as glamorous fashion muse. The ambiguous and shifting associations of Deneuve with sexual frigidity, perversion, purity, maternity and ageing are read as symptoms of the ways in which female sexual and social identities are constructed, stereotyped and, indeed, contested in the popular European imaginary.

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"A studious but approachable collection of essays and discussions, this should more than satisfy admirers of the star, as well s more serious students keen to explore the myth and meaning of her important contribution to international cinema."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719073397
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Downing is Professor of French and Director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe at the University of Exeter

Sue Harris is Senior Lecturer in French at Queen Mary, University of London

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