The Resource Stars, fans, and consumption in the 1950s : reading Photoplay, Sumiko Higashi

Stars, fans, and consumption in the 1950s : reading Photoplay, Sumiko Higashi

Label
Stars, fans, and consumption in the 1950s : reading Photoplay
Title
Stars, fans, and consumption in the 1950s
Title remainder
reading Photoplay
Statement of responsibility
Sumiko Higashi
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The fan magazine Photoplay pioneered the construction of both female stars as social types and fans as aspiring consumers in the first mass consumption society. In the 1950s, stars embodied a leisured California lifestyle based on goods. Addressing working- and lower middle-class readers, Photoplay published beauty tips, fashion layouts, sewing patterns, home decorating advice, recipes, and vacation guidelines so that fans could live like the stars. This book traces the changing social mores regarding female behavior and the new relationship between stars and fans. When the magazine adopted tabloid conventions to report sex scandals like the Debbie-Eddie-Liz affair in 1958, stars were demystified and fans became scandalmongers. The construction of female identity based on goods and performance in a consumer society resulted in multiple, fragmented, and unstable selves - a legacy evident in postmodern culture today"--
  • "As the leading movie fan magazine in postwar America, Photoplay constructed stars as popular social types like the girl next door signifying small-town values in the midst of suburban affluence. And fans were addressed as aspiring consumers to be initiated into the rituals of feminine self-making and gracious living. When glamorous stars were demystified in scandalous headlines at the end of the decade, however, fans exchanged Cinderella dreams for a fascination with scandal"--
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DLC
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Photoplay with TV mirror
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Higashi, Sumiko
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1993
LC item number
.P51545 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Motion picture actresses
  • Popular culture
  • Women consumers
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Popular culture
  • Women consumers
  • United States
Label
Stars, fans, and consumption in the 1950s : reading Photoplay, Sumiko Higashi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
General Introduction: Fan Magazines, Suburban America, and Consumer Goods -- PART I: THE STARS. Introduction: The Stars -- 1. Esther Williams: The Million Dollar Mermaid as the Girl Next Door -- 2. Doris Day: The Big Band Singer as the Girl Next Door -- 3. Debbie Reynolds: The Suburban Teenager as the Girl Next Door -- 4. Susan Hayward: The Gal from Brooklyn as a Fiery Redhead -- 5. Grace Kelly: The Philadelphia Socialite as the Princess of Monaco -- 6. Audrey Hepburn: The Gamine As a Givenchy Fashion Plate -- 7. Marilyn Monroe: The Playboy Centerfold as a Sex Symbol -- 8. Kim Novak: Miss 'Deep Freeze' as Columbia's Lavender Blonde -- 9. Natalie Wood: The Rebellious Teenager as a Junior Femme Fatale -- 10. Elizabeth Taylor: A Superstar as the World's Most Beautiful Woman -- Conclusion: The Stars -- PART II: THE FANS. Introduction: The Fans -- 11. Advertisements for Movie Star Glamour and Romance -- 12. Self-Making with Beauty Tips and 'Photoplay Fashions' -- 13. Starring in Photoplay Dream and Story-Book Houses -- 14. Advice Columns for Readers in Search of Romance -- 15. Contests, Gold Medal Awards, Commodity Fetishism, and Southern California Tourism -- Conclusion: The Stars
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 298 pages
Isbn
9781137433992
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014018501
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40024436388
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881656066
  • (OCoLC)ocn881656066
Label
Stars, fans, and consumption in the 1950s : reading Photoplay, Sumiko Higashi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
General Introduction: Fan Magazines, Suburban America, and Consumer Goods -- PART I: THE STARS. Introduction: The Stars -- 1. Esther Williams: The Million Dollar Mermaid as the Girl Next Door -- 2. Doris Day: The Big Band Singer as the Girl Next Door -- 3. Debbie Reynolds: The Suburban Teenager as the Girl Next Door -- 4. Susan Hayward: The Gal from Brooklyn as a Fiery Redhead -- 5. Grace Kelly: The Philadelphia Socialite as the Princess of Monaco -- 6. Audrey Hepburn: The Gamine As a Givenchy Fashion Plate -- 7. Marilyn Monroe: The Playboy Centerfold as a Sex Symbol -- 8. Kim Novak: Miss 'Deep Freeze' as Columbia's Lavender Blonde -- 9. Natalie Wood: The Rebellious Teenager as a Junior Femme Fatale -- 10. Elizabeth Taylor: A Superstar as the World's Most Beautiful Woman -- Conclusion: The Stars -- PART II: THE FANS. Introduction: The Fans -- 11. Advertisements for Movie Star Glamour and Romance -- 12. Self-Making with Beauty Tips and 'Photoplay Fashions' -- 13. Starring in Photoplay Dream and Story-Book Houses -- 14. Advice Columns for Readers in Search of Romance -- 15. Contests, Gold Medal Awards, Commodity Fetishism, and Southern California Tourism -- Conclusion: The Stars
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 298 pages
Isbn
9781137433992
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014018501
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40024436388
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881656066
  • (OCoLC)ocn881656066

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