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Katharine Hepburn
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Katharine Hepburn: Star as Feminist 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 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. First published in the United Kingdom twenty years ago, this lavishly illustrated new edition features a foreword by the noted film critic Robin Wood.

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About Andrew Britton


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.

Table of Contents


Foreword, by Robin Wood Why Hepburn? An American Princess Publicity Fathers and Daughters Gender and Bisexuality The Female Community Stars and Genre Hepburn and Tracy The Old Maid A Note on Crying Epilogue: The Star as Monument Filmography Bibliography Programme Notes Index

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GOR007251176
Katharine Hepburn: Star as Feminist by Andrew Britton
Andrew Britton
Film and Culture Series
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Columbia University Press
2003-12-09
256
0231132778
9780231132770
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