Rebellious Bodies: Stardom, Citizenship, and the New Body Politics

Rebellious Bodies: Stardom, Citizenship, and the New Body Politics

by Russell Meeuf


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477311813
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Russell Meeuf is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Star Bodies and the Politics of Inclusion
  • 1. Melissa McCarthy: Class and Corpulence in the Obesity Epidemic Era
  • 2. Gabourey Sidibe: Obesity and Postracial Femininity
  • 3. Peter Dinklage: Meritocracy and the World’s Sexiest Dwarf
  • 4. Danny Trejo: Latino Action Stardom and the Shifting Borders of Whiteness
  • 5. Betty White: Bawdy Grandmas, Aging in America, and “Prefeminist” Fantasies
  • 6. Conclusion: Laverne Cox, Trans Women, and the Limits of Neoliberal Citizenship
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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Linda Mizejewski

"I believe this book is going to become a model for stardom studies organized around a cultural theory. Its focus on supposedly diverse star bodies is a wonderful and original idea, especially in its development of the cultural narratives developed to make these bodies palatable. Also original is the linking together of stars whose back stories and celebrity are very different, but who are actually similar in their cultural configurations and meanings."

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