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Reading Production and Culture

UK Teen Girl Comics from 1955 to 1960

Joan Ormrod

first issues, anniversary issues, and regularly every three months. This article explores the ways in which pop music and stardom was promoted in these comics and the impact this had on teen girl audiences. The first of these teen-targeted comics after

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Laura Verdi

In this article I will discuss the human body, both physical and social, as an instrument of political and aesthetic power and will analyze the processes of its social construction, starting with the notion of Corpus Mysticum Christi as the metaphoric organizational structure of consensus to power. From the Low Middle Ages to the present day, we will observe how the treatment of the body has evolved and how present-day show business and politics make use of charisma, from typically conceived 'concentrated stardom' to a conception of 'diffused stardom'. Both models are given aesthetic significance and rhetorical amplification, thus resulting in images of power and a means of social control. The conclusion of the article examines how power relations are currently being affected in a social environment that is highly influenced by the media and how, no matter which era is being discussed, the existence of the social body still depends on the physical body.

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Literature of the Thirties – Region and Genre

Mary Joannou

The second special issue on the literature of the thirties follows on from an earlier edition of Critical Survey which brought together new critical writings on the period (volume 10, number 3, 1988). The first four essays selected are responses to regionalism and identity and the last two to the issues raised by the relationships of gender and generic fiction. Simon Featherstone analyses how two popular artistes, Gracie Fields (the ‘mill girl’) and Max Miller (‘the cheeky chappie’) achieved success in an entertainment industry that was changing rapidly in response to technological and cultural pressures. Their stardom depended on the dialogues between regional and national identities as part of a national cultural dynamic during a decade in which mass popular forms reconstituted the older regional and local traditions of dialogue and performance. Steven Matthews sees Auden’s injunction to ‘Consider this and in our time’ as a ‘clarion call to a particular, post-The Waste Land, form of modernity’. Focusing on Scottish and Irish writers (Louis MacNeice, Sorley Maclean, Grassic Gibbon et al.) Matthews argues that the temporality of some thirties’ writing aligns it closely with the emergent nationalisms familiar in recent postcolonial theory.

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When Jackie Coogan Had His Hair Cut

Masculinity, Maturity, and the Movies in the 1920s

Peter W. Lee

In 1927, child actor Jackie Coogan was given a makeover. Although not even in his adolescence, Hollywood’s boy king needed a new image lest he face the career-ending label of a has-been. Barely of grammar school age in 1921 when he shot to stardom

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Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin

a translation into Egyptian colloquial Arabic rather than erudite fuṣḥā allowed non-elite audiences access to Shakespeare’s play; the production helped propel Rushdī to stardom, and the colloquial script cast the shadow of a giantess over

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Screening Vulnerability

Brian Bergen-Aurand

. It also includes reviews covering women’s pornography in post-digital China and rewriting the sexual in women’s pornography, queer nostalgia, female film stardom, affect and queer sociality, and Alfred Hitchcock’s things on screens. * * * It is

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Ling Tang, Jun Zubillaga-Pow, Hans Rollmann, Amber Jamilla Musser, Shannon Scott, and Kristen Sollée

and lesbian bodies on screen ought to be read by all scholars of film studies, memory studies, and queer studies. Mary R. Desjardins, Recycled Stars: Female Film Stardom in the Age of Television and Video . (Durham, NC: Duke University Press

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Authenticity and Aspiration

Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

Sarah Godfrey

: Televisual Stardom Revisited after Film Theory .” Screen 49 ( 1 ): 32 – 50 . 10.1093/screen/hjn003 Bennett , James . 2011 . Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen . London : Routledge

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Los Roldán and the Inclusion of Travesti Narratives

Representations of Gender-Nonconforming Identities in Argentinian Telenovelas

Martín Ponti

neighborhood celebration opens up a space for queer identities to occupy a space of stardom and centrality. The display of masquerades and costumes allows for the libidinal excess, which ultimately the advent of Lent will suppress. It is this allowed excess

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Hopeful, Harmless, and Heroic

Figuring the Girl Activist as Global Savior

Jessica K. Taft

Newsweek article by Mac Margolis titled “Camila Vallejo: Chile's Hard Left Hearthrob,” gives a vague quote from Vallejo about wanting to “change the model of development,” but focuses primarily on her appearance and stardom, writing “with soft green eyes