Beyond the Looking Glass : Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood

Beyond the Looking Glass : Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood

by Ana Salzberg

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Overview

Beyond the Looking Glass : Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood by Ana Salzberg

As living subjects rather than static icons, studio-era Hollywood actresses actively negotiated a balance between their public personas, film roles, and corporeal presence. The contemporary audience’s engagement with the experience of these actresses unsettles the traditional model of narcissistic identification, which divides the off-screen spectator from his/her on-screen ideal. Exploring the fan’s desire for a material connection to the performer – as well as the star’s own dialogue between embodied experience and idealized image – Beyond the Looking Glass traces on- and off-screen representations of narcissistic femininity in classical Hollywood through studies of stars like Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, and Marilyn Monroe. Merging historical and theoretical concerns, with particular attention to the resonance of golden-age Hollywood in new media, this book explores the movie screen as a medium of shared experience between spectator and star.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782383994
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ana Salzberg is a lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Dundee. She received her PhD in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and has published on pre-Production Code cinema, Hitchcock’s Vertigo , and stars including Rita Hayworth and Grace Kelly.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Narcissistic Woman: Reflections and Projections

Chapter 1. Garbo Talks: Expectation and Realization

Chapter 2. Katharine Hepburn and a Hollywood Story

Chapter 3. Vanishing Differences in Mildred Pierce and Leave Her to Heaven

Chapter 4. One Touch of Venus: Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and the Production Code

Chapter 5. “Wherever there’s magic”: Performance Time in Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve

Chapter 6. Marilyn Monroe: “The Last Glimmering of the Sacred”

Chapter 7. Neo-Screen Tests, Part One: Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor

Chapter 8. Neo-Screen Tests, Part Two: Kidman, Lohan, and the Search for Scarlett

Works Cited

Index

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