Katharine Hepburn: Star as Feminist / Edition 1995

Katharine Hepburn: Star as Feminist / Edition 1995

by Andrew Britton
     
 

Of all the major Hollywood stars, Katharine Hepburn was the least conventional, conforming to none of, the stereotypes of female superstardom. She was not an exotic outsider in Hollywood like Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich; nor was she a victim of the studios like Judy Garland or Marilyn Monroe; and she was certainly not a creature of the system like Joan Crawford… See more details below

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Of all the major Hollywood stars, Katharine Hepburn was the least conventional, conforming to none of, the stereotypes of female superstardom. She was not an exotic outsider in Hollywood like Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich; nor was she a victim of the studios like Judy Garland or Marilyn Monroe; and she was certainly not a creature of the system like Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. Instead, she always appeared intelligent, willful, and independent, able to develop her own persona within the confines of the studio system.

Andrew Britton proposes a feminist reading of Hepburn's films, arguing that her persona raises problems about class, female sexuality, and women's oppression that strain to the limits the conventions of a cinema ultimately committed to the reassertion of bourgeois gender roles. Hepburn's work is also used to explore more general issues, such as the functioning of the star system. This is one of the very few analyses of American cinema to focus on a film star rather than a director or a genre and as such is essential reading for anyone interested in the movies. This edition also includes Andrew Britton's cogent and perceptive program notes for a Hepburn season at London's National Film Theatre.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231132763
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/23/2003
Series:
Film and Culture Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Britton lectured in film studies at the Universities of Warwick, Essex, and Reading. He also taught at Queens and Trent Universities in Ontario, Canada, and was a guest lecturer at other universities in Britain, Canada, and the United States. He died in 1994.Robin Wood is a founding editor of CineAction and author of Hitchcock's Films Revisited, Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan... and Beyond, and Sexual Politics and Narrative Film. He is professor emeritus at York University and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema Studies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword6
Why Hepburn?7
1.An American Princess9
2.Publicity14
3.Fathers and Daughters73
4.Gender and Bisexuality85
5.The Female Community104
6.Stars and Genre140
7.Hepburn and Tracy169
8.The Old Maid209
A Note on Crying226
Epilogue: The Star as Monument232
Filmography244
Bibliography251
Programme Notes253
Index261

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