Courses of Study 2011-2012 
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Courses of Study 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FILM 2850 - [Stardom]

Fall. 4 credits.

Next offered 2012-2013.


From heavenly creatures to tabloid trash, this course will explore stardom in cinema, television, and new media. Framed by approaches from semiotics, psychoanalysis, economics, and cultural studies, we will examine histories and theories of stars and star systems, investigating the importance of aesthetic strategies (from three-point lighting to the close-up), technological innovations (from sound to high-definition), industrial formations (from United Artists to SAG), the mass media (from studio publications to online tabloids), and fandom (from autograph auctions to fan fiction). We will discuss Hollywood stardom in tandem with both other national star systems and the transnational circulation of stars. An emphasis on the importance of race and sexuality in the production and reception of stardom will guide our inquiries.

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