Only Entertainment

Only Entertainment

by Richard Dyer


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Only Entertainment by Richard Dyer

Only Entertainment is a classic collection of essays on entertainment and the pleasures of popular culture. Richard Dyer argues that any analysis of entertainment begins with recognizing that entertainment is part of a "common sense" which is always historically and culturally constructed. Dyer examines this social construction of entertainment without rejecting aesthetic or ideological criticism, and his subjects range from The Sound of Music to action cinema, classical ballet to disco, star pin-ups to pornography. The second edition features a new introduction placing the essays in the context of cultural debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415254960
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/14/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Idea of Entertainment
3. A Bit of Uplift: Classical Ballet
4. Quality Pleasures
5. Entertainment and Utopia
6. The Colour of Entertainment
7. The Sound of Music
8. Sweet Charity
9. Action!
10. Lethal Repetition
11. Four Films of Lana Turner
12. First a Star: Elizabeth Taylor
13. The Son of a Sheik
14. Don't Look Now: the Instabilities of the Male Pin-up
15. Coming to Terms: Gay Pornography
16. In Defense of Disco
17. Getting Over the Rainbow: Identity and Pleasure in Gay Cultural Politics
18. The Waning of Entertainment

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